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From left, Ramon Guerrito, Angie Zays-Ortiz, Carlos Escolar and Patrick Farrell listen to the concerns of veterans. (Source photo by Kyle Murphy)

Health Care Major Concern for Veterans at Town Hall

Concerns about getting services to veterans in the U.S. Virgin Islands centered primarily on health care, with vets telling a town hall meeting Thursday on St. Thomas that the current system requires veterans to frequently travel to Puerto Rico for treatment.

Black Flag Defendant Gets 4 Years, Suspended, Admits Mental Illness

After admitting to taking a set of international flags from the poles at the Cyril E. King Airport and replacing them with black flags a year ago, 30-year-old Alla H. Salem of St. Thomas was sentenced to no more time behind bars.
Director of Health Justa Encarnacion takes questions from the Senate Finance Committee. (Photo by Barry Leerdam for the USVI Legislature)

Lawmakers Criticize Health Officials Over Mental Health, Federal Grants

Lawmakers expressed dissatisfaction Monday over the Department of Health’s handling of the mental health crisis in the territory and some at-risk federal grants aimed at shoring up the Virgin Islands’ behavioral health support system.
From left, Rules Committee Chairman Janelle Sarauw confers with Sens. Steven Payne, Myron Jackson, Novelle Francis and Oakland Benta at Monday’s hearing. (Photo Courtesy of the V.I. Legislature)

Rules Panel Approves Tabled Medicaid Windfall Bill

The Senate Rules and Judiciary Committee made a quick turnaround on Monday, convening in the late afternoon and approving the bill redirecting some $39 million in Medicaid payments that it held in committee on Friday.

V.I. Health: Tooth Decay Not Only Thing Paining V.I. Dental Care

A recent report by University of the Virgin Islands researchers, the Community Needs Assessment, said there is a waiting list for Medicaid-backed dental care on St. Croix that is 4,000 people long.

Hospitals on Front Line in Neonatal Care

Faye John-Baptiste, RN, and Dr. Olivine Treasure both remember 1999 as the turn-around year for St. Croix families. That summer, the Juan F. Luis Hospital welcomed a neonatologist to its staff, and things began to change fast, contributing to what is one of the big success stories in V.I. health care.
Albert Bryan

Gov. Bryan: One-Time Medicaid Windfall Should Not Go to Raises

Gov. Albert Bryan urged the Legislature in a statement Thursday not to spend any of a one-time $39 million Medicaid reimbursement windfall on recurring expenses like pay raises but instead use it for the hospitals' utility bills.

Health Care: Self Help Essential in Battle with Chronic Illness

Definitions for chronic disease vary somewhat, but the CDC describes it as a condition lasting a year or more and requiring ongoing attention and/or limiting normal activities. Alzheimer's Disease, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, asthma, kidney disease and arthritis are some of the better-known examples.

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