Holding the Line on Healthcare Costs I took a hard vote today. During session, I took a vote against a bill that would mandate the dispensing of a 12 month supply of birth control. Let me explain why. One of the main reasons I came to serve in the General Assembly [...]
Doctor’s Note: Education Savings Accounts & Virtual Schools Education is the single most important tool that helps an individual seize opportunity and achieve their potential, regardless of where they started. Coupled with ingenuity and determination it is the means of achieving the American Dream. For this reason, I consider education a [...]
Doctor’s Note: FGM International Day of Zero Tolerance This week we recognize February 6th as International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Senator Dick Black and I are sponsoring legislation that will deter this practice and make it not only a Class 1 Misdemeanor, but also subject to [...]
Doctor’s Note: A Day in the Life What does a typical day or week during Session look like for me? 5:00am – I am up and at it, reading through my electronic docket for the day. This is a database we use to keep track of constituent contact, bill information, and [...]
Doctor’s Note: Opiate Crisis Today, I want to address the ongoing opiate crisis in Virginia. 75 percent of opiate addictions start with a prescription from a medical provider. With the best intentions to relieve pain, the medical community has contributed to creating this horrible crisis. Data suggests that opiates are not [...]
Doctor’s Note: Advance Directives Amazing technology exists within the field of medicine. Medicine can help the miracle that is the human body heal; however, when the body is no longer able to heal, medical interventions can inflict more suffering. When a family member is gravely ill, it can be hard to [...]
Doctor’s Note: Substance-Exposed Infant Awareness I am deeply concerned with the opioid addiction crisis in Virginia. This epidemic is real and everywhere across the Commonwealth, even in the newborn nursery. In the past year alone, there has been a 21% increase in the number of children exposed to drugs in utero. It’s [...]
Telemedicine is an amazing technology. I believe it will be an important part of extending access to medical care for many Virginians. The field of medicine and associated technology evolves rapidly, but regulations and law can often lag behind and thwart advances.