November 1, 2016 


Wisconsin addresses shortage of rural doctors

By: Guy Boulton | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | October 26, 2016

Jessica Lemke grew up in Chippewa Falls, is married to a cheese maker and is looking forward to returning to the western Wisconsin community when she completes her training as a doctor.

Wisconsin prepares for fourth year of Affordable Care Act health insurance exchange

By: David Wahlberg | Wisconsin State Journal | October 27, 2016

Enrollment on the Affordable Care Act exchange begins Tuesday for health insurance next year, and Wisconsin’s Office of the Commissioner of Insurance has a message for the more than 37,000 residents expected to lose their current coverage because their carriers are leaving the exchange.

Rates for Obamacare plans jump in Wisconsin

By: Guy Boulton | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | October 31, 2016

When the fourth open-enrollment period begins Tuesday, most people who buy health insurance on the marketplaces set up through the Affordable Care Act will see little, if any, change in their monthly costs.

Employer health insurance costs rising more slowly in Wisconsin, report says

By: David Wahlberg | Wisconsin State Journal | October 26, 2016

Premiums and deductibles for employer health insurance have risen more slowly in Wisconsin and nationally since 2010, when the Affordable Care Act was adopted, than in previous years, a new report says.

ACA insurance rate hikes not as significant in EC  

By: Chris Vetter | Leader-Telegram | October 26, 2016

While Affordable Care Act health insurance premiums are jumping this year, state and local observers urge recipients not to panic about the hikes.

Expert says Wisconsin leads in opioid addiction fight

By: Jonathan Stefonek | Portage Daily Register | October 27, 2016

WISCONSIN DELLS — No matter how good you are, there are certainly times that you can only do so much, as many could tell you at the 12th Annual Mental Health and Substance Use Recovery Training Conference in Wisconsin Dells.

SIDS study: Parents, babies should share room

By: Crocker Stephenson | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | October 24, 2016

Safe sleep practices that can reduce the risks of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome remain as easy as ABC, according to American Academy of Pediatric guidelines released Monday.


Uncompensated care costs at Minnesota hospitals plunge since health law

By: Christopher Snowbeck | Star Tribune | October 31, 2016

Hospitals in 2015 reported less uncompensated care, which includes charity care and 'bad debt' from patients.

Minnesota’s health insurance premium hike is fourth-highest in nation

By: David Montgomery | Twin Cities Pioneer Press | October 24, 2016

Minnesota’s 59 percent premium increases on its individual health insurance market have been shocking consumers and politicians alike, but they’re not even the highest in the country.

Rates rise again for Obamacare health plans, but so do subsidies

By: Alison Kodjak | NPR | October 24, 2016

The cost of health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is expected to rise an average of 22 percent in 2017, according to information released by the Obama administration Monday afternoon.

Opioid Poisonings Rise Sharply Among Toddlers and Teenagers  

By: Donna De La Cruz | The New York Times | October 31, 2016

The number of children being hospitalized because of prescription opioid poisoning has risen sharply since 1997, especially among toddlers and older teenagers, researchers from the Yale School of Medicine reported.

The High Costs of Not Offering Paid Sick Leave

By: Austin Frakt | The New York Times | October 31, 2016

Maybe the person working near you, the one who dragged himself to work and is now coughing and sneezing, couldn’t afford to stay home.


Ministry Health Care Earns USDA Rural Health Grant

By: Wisconsin Ag Connection | October 26, 2016

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that USDA is investing in 18 projects in 16 states to use communications technology to expand access to health care, substance misuse treatment and advanced educational opportunities.  

Aurora adds clinical experts to board

By: Rich Kirchen | Milwaukee Business Journal | October 27, 2016

Wisconsin’s largest health care system Aurora Health Care named a new chair for its board — prominent nursing executive Joanne Disch — and added a board member.