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Hospital sale bill amended, calls for study
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Hospital sale bill amended, calls for study

The House Health and Human Resources committee on Tuesday amended a bill that would have allowed the state to sell four of its hospitals, opting instead to reword the bill to allow only a study of the facilities to explore their sale.

As heroin rages, police adapting to new roles
As heroin rages, police adapting to new roles

CINCINNATI — Forehead furrowed, a woman drags on a Camel cigarette, admitting she has only vague memories of nearly dying five days earlier.

Humana insurance coverage, WV law create hassle for heart patients

Becky Sigman is worried about her heart valve replacement.

WV bill would allow sale of state-run hospitals

The union that represents workers at West Virginia's state-run hospitals called Friday for a public hearing on a bill introduced in the Legislature earlier this week that would privatize three state-run nursing homes.

Hospital rate review repeal would increase costs, agency chief says

State Health Care Authority Chairman Jim Pitrolo didn’t pull any punches Tuesday when state lawmakers asked what would happen if they pass a bill that would stop his agency from regulating hospital rates in West Virginia.

Tomblin administration looks to local health departments for savings

Faced with ever-declining state funding, but also a record-high number of West Virginians with health insurance, the Tomblin administration will propose legislation to make it easier for local health departments to bill insurers.

All-female drug rehab facility to open in Raleigh County

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) – Construction is underway for an all-female drug rehabilitation facility in Raleigh County.

WVVA-TV reports Leon Brush and his wife, Donita Brush, decided to create The Sparrow’s...

Across US, 11 community-based programs earn heart health grants

PICAYUNE, Miss. (AP) – Two programs 180 miles apart in Mississippi are among 11 community-based heart health programs nationwide getting grants from a pharmaceutical company foundation.

The AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation is giving $180,...

Health care enrollment period ends Sunday

More than 35,000 West Virginians have enrolled or re-enrolled in health coverage so far in 2016’s open enrollment period, and health officials expect a modest surge of enrollment Saturday and Sunday before the end of January and open enrollment....

Board of medicine suspends Charleston neurologist’s license
Board of medicine suspends Charleston neurologist’s license

A Charleston neurologist accused of writing too many prescriptions for powerful painkillers has lost his license for three years following a decision by West Virginia’s medical board.


Kanawha health agency explores response to budget cuts

The Kanawha-Charleston Board of Health discussed ways its health department could address the severe budget cuts facing local health during its regular meeting Thursday.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2017, which...

WV seeks to close pain clinic loopholes, track cash payments

State lawmakers are seeking to crack down on rogue pain-pill clinics by adding reporting requirements and closing loopholes the clinics use to skirt state laws.

For the first time, the pain management clinics would have to record and report...

Poll: WV worst in well-being for seventh straight year

West Virginia residents have ranked the lowest in overall well-being for the seventh straight year, according to an annual Gallup poll released Thursday.

West Virginia and two of its neighbors, Ohio and Kentucky, ranked in the bottom five ...

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