November 22, 2016 


Walker: Transition from Obamacare in right way

By: Jason Stein | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | November 18, 2016

Madison — Speaking for himself and the country's Republican governors, Scott Walker of Wisconsin said the repeal and replacement of Obamacare must not be rushed through blindly or allowed to abruptly abandon millions of patients in the program.

Self-insuring health benefits is often a good idea, but more complicated for Wisconsin

By: Justin Sydnor | WisOpinion | November 21, 2016

On November 30th, Wisconsin's Group Insurance Board will meet to consider proposals to transition health insurance for state employees to a "self-insured" system.

$6 million sought for school mental health

By: Rory Linnane, USA Today Network-Wisconsin | Wisconsin Rapids Tribune | November 16, 2016

Wisconsin's top educator Tuesday requested nearly $6 million to expand mental health services for students, including hiring more social workers, establishing clinics in schools and training school staff.


Expect Medicaid to Change, but Not Shrivel, Under Donald Trump

By: Robert Pear | The New York Times | November 15, 2016

WASHINGTON — The expansion of Medicaid, a central pillar of the Affordable Care Act, faces immense uncertainty next year, with President-elect Donald J. Trump and top Republicans in Congress embracing proposals that could leave millions of poorer Americans without health insurance and jeopardize a major element of President Obama’s legacy.

Why Does it Take So Long to Hire a Nurse?

By: Sophie Quinton | Stateline – The PEW Charitable Trusts | November 16, 2016

HOUSTON — The skyscrapers at the Texas Medical Center are filled with hospital beds.

Health Care Issues Loom in Politics, Payments and Quality

By: Reed Abelson | The New York Times | November 14, 2016

The health care industry was unprepared for the presidential victory of Donald J. Trump, and executives at insurance companies and hospital systems are now uncertain what their business is going to look like in the years ahead.

The one thing missing from the debate over Obamacare, according to a top doctor

By: Carolyn Y. Johnson | The Washington Post | November 16, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump's promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act while preserving some key elements has triggered rampant speculation about the future of American health care — and plunged millions of patients who benefit from the law into deep uncertainty about the future of their coverage.

Some Medicare, Medicaid drug prices soar as reform uncertain

By: Jayne O’Donnell | USA Today | November 14, 2016

Medicaid spending on the drugs that have undergone the greatest price increases soared in 2015, according to federal statistics released Monday that show how much higher drug prices have affected government health care programs.

Dementia rates decline as education, heart health improve

By: Liz Szabo, Kaiser Health News | USA Today | November 21, 2016

The prevalence of dementia has fallen sharply in recent years, most likely because Americans’ rising educational levels and better heart health have boosted brain health, a new study finds.


Child is first American to survive birth without trachea

By: Crocker Stephenson | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | November 13, 2016

Deep in the womb, about the time that the human embryo is, in its entirety, about the size of a peppercorn, a tube sprouts in the rapidly evolving realm of its primitive lungs.

Froedtert Oak Creek health center takes shape

By: Guy Boulton | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | November 16, 2016

Froedtert Health released details Wednesday on its plans to establish a large presence in Oak Creek and other suburban cities south of Milwaukee.