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Amy Umble is health reporter for The Free Lance-Star

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Health News-Virginians are losing ground when it comes to health insurance

A new report documents the decline in health insurance coverage in Virginia.

Fewer Virginians have health insurance, and those who do are being asked to pay a greater share of the premiums. These conclusions are contained in a new study by the Commonwealth Institute, a Richmond-based nonprofit organization. Its study, entitled, “Unaffordable, Unavailable, Uncovered,” was published this week. Among its conclusions:

*The number of Virginians without health insurance increased in 2010 to 1.1 million people. The percentage of the population without insurance also increased in 2010 to 14 percent.

*The percentage of Virginia workers with workplace health insurance declined in 2010 to 61 percent. Workers contributed 23 percent of the premiums in 2010, up from for 21 percent in 2009.

The report is available here.

The Medic-1 property has been sold.

My colleague Bill Freehling reported earlier this week that Dr. Warren Parmelee has sold the Medic 1 building on Jefferson Davis Highway. Lucky Line Motors, a company that specializes in used Japanese and German cars, bought the property for $630,000. Lucky Line plans to use it for retail auto sales. Parmelee closed his Medic 1 chain of urgent care centers and filed for bankruptcy in July after being in business here since 1986. Freehling’s report can be seen here.

Partners in Aging will have its 11th annual Caregivers Symposium. The event is for those caring for an elderly parent or loved one. The event will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Fairview at River Club, 10833 Tidewater Trail in Fredericksburg. The cost is $15. For more: 540/371-3375.

A drive-thru flu shot clinic is coming.

The Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center will host a free Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinic on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 9 a.m. to noon. Participants must be 18 and older. They will be able to remain in their cars while they are being vaccinated. A consent form for the clinic is available here. For more: Call 888/685-1610.

Mary Washington Healthcare and Cardinal Internal Medicine will sponsor a free Health Screening on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 9 a.m. to noon. The event will be held at the Bayview Professional Office Building, 12731 Marblestone Dr., Woodbridge, across from the Prince William Government Center. Screenings will be done for sleep apnea, blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, body mass index and asthma. Free flu shots will be offered to the first 50 participants.

(Look for this listing of local health news and events every week. You can submit items to jhall@freelancestar.com.)

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