Gov. McAuliffe Makes Health Announcements

Gov. McAuliffe wants a review of health center regulations, as well as free HIV testing at Planned Parenthood. The governor called for the state to enroll in a program that allows eligible clinics to buy pharmaceutical drugs at a discount.

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My 12, 2014

Governor Terry McAuliffe kicks off National Women’s Health Week with announcements related to healthcare in Virginia.

The governor issued a directive on Monday asking members of the Board of Health to immediately begin a review of last year’s regulations on women’s health centers. McAuliffe wants to ensure that those regulations guarantee Virginians’ access to the centers’ services.

Governor McAuliffe also announced today that he is directing the Virginia Health Commissioner to register and enroll the Commonwealth’s eligible women’s health clinics in the 340B Drug Pricing Program, which allows eligible clinics to obtain pharmaceutical drugs from manufacturers at a significant discount.

The Virginia Department of Health will also sign a Memorandum of Agreement with Virginia’s four Planned Parenthood affiliates to provide free HIV testing to more than 1,800 women and men by the end of 2014. The initiative is part of a directive from the governor to pursue programs that expand access to testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, the leading cause of infertility in women.

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