January 2, 2018
Bill would restore mental health crisis detentions at Mendota
By: David Wahlberg | Wisconsin State Journal | December 31, 2017
Police could take non-criminal but dangerous mentally ill patients to state mental health institutes in Madison or near Oskhosh, whichever is most convenient, under a proposed bill that has bipartisan support.
Ending the penalty for not having health insurance may have less effect than projected
By: Guy Boulton | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | December 28, 2017
The penalty for not having health insurance — the most controversial and unpopular part of the Affordable Care Act — is dead.
New state law allows rural EMS workers to put advanced training to use
By: Ashley McCallum | GazetteXtra | December 26, 2017
Some first responders in rural areas are cheering a new state law that will allow them to provide lifesaving medical services if they are trained to do so.
More Smiles Wisconsin to open second free dental clinic, in Fitchburg
By: David Wahlberg | Wisconsin State Journal | January 2, 2018
More Smiles Wisconsin, which has had a free dental clinic at the Salvation Army on Madison’s Near East Side since 2009, will open a second clinic this month at the Boys and Girls Club in Fitchburg.
Wisconsin gun deaths marked by suicides among rural men, study says
By: David Wahlberg | Wisconsin State Journal | December 27, 2017
Nearly three of four gun deaths in Wisconsin are suicides, many among rural, white men ages 45 and older, a new study says. The state’s proportion of firearm deaths that are suicides — 72 percent — is higher than the national average of 60 percent, according to the study by UW-Madison researchers in the Wisconsin Medical Journal.
Many cancer patients skip drugs because of high cost, study suggests
By: Marie McCullough, The Philadelphia Inquirer | Leader-Telegram | December 27, 2017
Many cancer patients are not taking prescribed oral treatments because of high costs, a study led by University of Pennsylvania researchers suggests.
Years of Attack Leave Obamacare a More Government-Focused Health Law
By: Robert Pear | The New York Times | December 26, 2017
WASHINGTON — The Affordable Care Act was conceived as a mix of publicly funded health care and privately purchased insurance, but Republican attacks, culminating this month in the death of a mandate that most Americans have insurance, are shifting the balance, giving the government a larger role than Democrats ever anticipated.
Silicon Valley tech giants provide health care directly to employees
By: Tracy Seipel, The Mercury News | Leader-Telegram | December 27, 2017
SUNNYVALE, Calif. — At LinkedIn, employees at the world’s largest online professional networking website enjoy a smorgasbord of perks, from gourmet meals to on-site dry cleaning to car washes and oil changes.
Gundersen donates $100,000 to new Coulee Recovery Center
By: Mike Tighe | La Crosse Tribune | December 29, 2017
Gundersen Health System has pledged $100,000, to be spread over three years, toward the Coulee Council on Addictions’ new building in La Crosse.