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Ahead Of Implementation Of Obamacare, Va. Faces Shortage Of Doctors

Virginia may not have the doctors needed to handle the influx of patients expected under the federal Affordable Care Act, according to a new report.

Virginia has more than 16,000 doctors across the state, but 48 percent are primary care doctors. One problem is that primary care physicians make considerably less money than medical practitioners in specialty fields, according to a report by the state's Joint Commission on Health Care.

Additionally, economically distressed regions are having a tough time retaining primary care doctors and medical professionals of any type. The physician-to-population ratio is especially low in the Southside, Southwest and some urban areas. Additionally, nearly 20 percent of doctors expect to retire in the next five years.

Commission member and Senator George Barker says the state must now decide how to attract and retain more physicians. Barker says lawmakers will submit several proposals in the upcoming and later legislative sessions, but any solutions will take time to implement and be effective.

There are an estimated 844,000 uninsured people in Virginia.

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Nina McLemore's Clothes Are A 'Weapon' Of Powerful Women

Nina McLemore designs clothes for powerful women: Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, Janet Yellen, Elena Kagan and others. She talks about how fashion can help women stand out in political office.
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After Italy Quakes, Food World Delivers Support To Home Of Famous Pasta Dish

Amatrice was set to host the 50th celebration of pasta all'Amatriciana famously made there, but this week's earthquake devastated the town. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with food blogger Jeremy Cherfas.
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Why Trump's Minority Outreach May Really Be About White Voters

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has publicly tried to reach out to minority voters. But that outreach may really be aimed at improving his standing with suburban white voters.
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Want To Play Video Games Made In D.C.? Here's Your Chance.

An event called District Arcade brings together 23 locally made video games.

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