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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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'End Of The Tour': An Unauthorized 'Anti-Biopic' Of David Foster Wallace

Instead of telling the author's life story, the film (which the Wallace estate does not approve of) focuses on five days in 1996 during the publicity tour for Infinite Jest.
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Humans Aren't The Only Ones To Go Ape Over Diets: Chimps Detox, Too

A group of Ugandan chimps has found a great way to boost their mineral intake and neutralize bitter compounds in their diet: by eating clay.
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The Politics Hour - July 31, 2015

Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

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WikiLeaks Docs Purport To Show The U.S. Spied On Japan's Government

The documents also allege that the U.S. targeted Japanese banks and companies, including Mitsubishi.

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