October 18, 2016 


Brooks announces health plan

By: Heather Stanek | Reedsburg Times-Press | October 11, 2016

Rep. Ed Brooks, R-Reedsburg, is putting health care back on the table. Brooks had previously introduced several bills from his Rural Wisconsin Initiative. Two bills have passed, but there’s still more work to be done, he said.

GOP State Lawmakers Look To Address Projected Health Care Worker Shortage

By: Shamane Mills | Wisconsin Public Radio | October 14, 2016

Rep. Ed Brooks Among 23 Republicans Planning To Introduce Package Of Bills Totaling $3.5M.

Rates for Wisconsin plans on health insurance exchange to go up 16 percent

By: David Wahlberg | Wisconsin State Journal | October 11, 2016

Premiums will go up an average of 15.9 percent next year for Wisconsin health insurance plans on the Affordable Care Act exchange, according to the state Office of the Commissioner of Insurance.

Biotechnology and health care are driving the startup economy in Wisconsin and nationwide, report says

By: Alex Moe | WisBusiness | October 14, 2016

Biotechnology and health care are driving the startup industry in Wisconsin and the rest of the country, a new report shows.

Kitchens, Worrick talk solutions for rural health care

By: Samantha Hernandez, USA Today Network-Wisconsin | Green Bay Press-Gazette | October 14, 2016

Proposed legislation dealing with rural health care, set to be released during the next legislative session, could help places like Door County Medical Center train a new workforce.

Lawmakers Support "Rural Wisconsin Initiative"

By: Terry Pezi | WSAU | October 17, 2016

MARSHFIELD, Wis (WSAU) - Some central Wisconsin lawmakers are part of a group working to improve the health care and economic vitality of rural Wisconsin.  

ThedaCare: Fate of existing hospitals unknown

By: Ethan Safran, USA Today Network-Wisconsin | Post-Crescent | October 12, 2016

As ThedaCare continues to explore the possibility of building a new regional medical center, much of the focus for local residents has been on the fate of the health care provider's two existing hospitals in the Fox Cities.

Breaking down barriers

By: Maria Lockwood | Superior Telegram | October 18, 2016

Improving mental health was the No. 1 thing residents felt needed to be done to make Douglas County healthier, according to the 2016 Douglas County Community Health Survey. But where can the community start?

Opioid addiction scars Wisconsin's rural landscape

By: Lyn Jerde | Portage Daily Register | October 16, 2016

ARLINGTON — Jack was the quintessence of a Wisconsin farm boy.  He was an FFA officer, played a starring role on his high school’s football team and reigned as homecoming king.

State grant to help Eau Claire fight opioids

By: Julian Emerson | Leader-Telegram | October 12, 2016

Since July 2014, Eau Claire police have responded to calls for 181 people rendered unconscious after taking opioid drugs.

Aurora goes global

By: Ben Stanley | BizTimes | October 17, 2016

St. Luke’s quietly becomes destination for wealthy foreign executives.


Medical spending is up 5.6% in Minnesota, but clinic costs vary widely

By: Jeremy Olson | Star Tribune | October 12, 2016

Such wide ranges have turned in previous reports from Minnesota Community Measurement (MNCM), but the report released Wednesday is significant because it shows trends over time.

Health Care Law’s Beneficiaries Reflect Its Strengths, and Its Faults

By: Abby Goodnough and Reed Abelson | The New York Times | October 14, 2016

WASHINGTON — Cara Suzannah Latil is living proof that the Affordable Care Act works — but also of why a central piece of the law is in turmoil. Will Add ‘Simple Choice’ Plans in Effort to Improve Value

By: Robert Pear | The New York Times | October 17, 2016

WASHINGTON — When the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplace opens in two weeks, many consumers will have a new option for the law’s fourth open-enrollment period: standardized health plans that cover basic services without a deductible.

As Dayton's critique echoes, lawmakers consider health law fixes 

By: Kyle Potter, AP | La Crosse Tribune | October 16, 2016

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Gov. Mark Dayton’s declaration that the federal health care overhaul is “no longer affordable” for more and more Minnesota residents could be the spark that sets off major health care changes.

How Narrow Is It? Gov’t Begins Test Of Comparison Tool For Health Plan Networks

By: Michelle Andrews | Kaiser Health News | October 14, 2016

The incredible shrinking provider network is nothing new in marketplace plans. One way insurers have kept premiums in check on the individual market is by reducing the number of providers available in a plan’s network.

A Letter to the Doctors and Nurses Who Cared for My Wife

By: Peter DeMarco | The New York Times | October 6, 2016

After his 34-year-old wife suffered a devastating asthma attack and later died, the Boston writer Peter DeMarco wrote the following letter to the intensive care unit staff of CHA Cambridge Hospital who cared for her and helped him cope.


Gruner, CEO of ThedaCare, to retire

By: Ethan Safran and Madeleine Behr | Post-Crescent | October 11, 2016

APPLETON - Dean Gruner, president and chief executive officer of ThedaCare, announced his retirement Tuesday, a move that comes in the midst of discussions over whether the health care provider will build a new regional hospital and potentially shutter its two existing Fox Cities hospitals.

Succession plan is important for leaders

By: Dean Gruner, for USA Today Network-Wisconsin | Post-Crescent | October 15, 2016

Many of you probably saw news of my upcoming retirement. I feel a lot of joy knowing my wife, Pam, and I will have more time to devote to community and family.

Aurora expands behavioral health services

By: Guy Boulton | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | October 12, 2016

Aurora Health Care is expanding its behavioral health clinic in Glendale, adding services that could provide care to an additional 400 patients a year.

"Marshfield Clinic Day" Across Wisconsin

By: Terry Pezi | WSAU | October 13, 2016

MARSHFIELD, Wis (WSAU) -- It's "Marshfield Clinic Day" across Wisconsin this Thursday, and Maree Stewart from the clinic says it's thanks to a proclamation from the governor in recognition of the health care giant's 100th anniversary.