October 17, 2017


What Could Trump's Healthcare Executive Orders Mean For WI?

By: Zac Schultz reporter for Here and Now | Wisconsin Public Television | October 13, 2017

WHA’s Brian Potter speaks with Here and Now reporter Zac Schultz about What Could Trump’s Healthcare Orders Mean For WI?

Video link – start 08:30 to hear Brian’s interview:

President Donald Trump made two significant changes this week to federal healthcare policy: he allowed smaller, cheaper plans to be sold across state lines, and he ended federal payments for cost-sharing reductions. To sort through what these changes mean for Wisconsin, we speak with Bobby Peterson of ABC for Health, and Brian Potter of the Wisconsin Hospital Association.

Wisconsin reacts to large Obamacare premium increases

By: David Wahlberg | Wisconsin State Journal | October 13, 2017

With soaring premiums in Wisconsin next year on the Affordable Care Act exchange, Gov. Scott Walker is talking about seeking a federal waiver, advocates are pressing for a "public option," and President Donald Trump’s call to end payments to insurers may be causing confusion over the health law's two types of subsidies.

The local impact of eliminating insurance subsidies

By: Andrea Hay | WBAY | October 13, 2017

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - Local health organizations say President Trump's decision to end federal subsidies for health insurance will cause all kinds of uncertainty for patients.

Cost of some Obamacare plans set to soar, but actual effect on consumers could be limited

By: Guy Boulton | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | October 12, 2017

Consumers will be stunned by the rate increases for some health plans sold directly to individuals and families next year through exchanges set up for the Affordable Care Act, with premiums rising by more than 50% in many Wisconsin counties, based on estimates released Thursday by the state insurance regulator.

Wisconsin Lawmaker Introduces Bill Setting Threshold For Drug Manufacturers To Explain Price Increases

By: Shamane Mills | WPR | October 16, 2017

Frustration over prescription drug prices is prompting some states to force pharmaceutical makers to justify the cost of medications. California’s governor recently signed a bill doing just that.


Senators reach deal to continue Obamacare health insurance subsidy payments

By: Ali Rogin and Adam Kelsey | ABC News | October 17, 2017

Less than a week after President Donald Trump signed an executive order to halt government payments that subsidize insurance plans for low-income Americans, Senate leaders agreed in principle to a bill that would cover the payments for two years.

Case Study: Milwaukee Health Systems Partner to Identify and Address Community Health Needs

By: Lola Butcher | H&HN Magazine | October 13, 2017

A joint community health needs assessment has helped the health systems zero in on shared priorities.

As She Evacuated Patients From The Hospital, Her Home Burned

By: April Dembosky | NPR | October 15, 2017

Julayne Smithson was working an overnight shift in the Intensive Care Unit at the Kaiser Permanente hospital in Santa Rosa, Calif., when massive wildfires started racing through the city late last Sunday.

In New Test for Obamacare, Iowa Seeks to Abandon Marketplace

By: Abby Goodnough | The New York Times | October 10, 2017

WASHINGTON — With efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act dead in Congress for now, a critical test for the law’s future is playing out in one small, conservative-leaning state.

Gov. Dayton signs reinsurance waiver, vows to fight cuts to MinnesotaCare

By: Mark Zdechlik | MPR News | October 16, 2017

Gov. Mark Dayton signed off on a federal waiver Monday allowing for Minnesota's new health care reinsurance program.