February 20, 2018


Nancy VanderMeer: Rural Wisconsin has lots of successes State

By: Nancy VanderMeer | Jackson County Chronicle | February 16, 2018

Last week, I had the distinct honor to participate in a Rural Prosperity Roundtable discussion, hosted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Insurers Express Support for Wisconsin Governor’s Reinsurance Plan

By: Scott Bauer | Insurance Journal | February 14, 2018

Gov. Scott Walker’s $200 million plan to reduce health care costs for people purchasing insurance through the private marketplace won support from Wisconsin’s health insurance providers, doctors and medical community at a public hearing, even as Democrats raised concerns about its sustainability.

Bill Would Create New Way For Small Businesses To 'Self-Fund' Employee Health Insurance

By: Laurel White | WPR | February 19, 2018

A bill scheduled to be taken up by the state Assembly this week would allow small businesses to band together to offer a new type of insurance plan to employees — a move Democrats say could have major negative consequences.

Policy Brief: Dental Therapy In Wisconsin

By: Chris Rochester | MacIver Institute | February 14, 2018

Strict licensure requirements, a general shortage of dental providers, and geographic constraints are limiting access to critical dental care in Wisconsin.

Kids could get therapy faster without parent's OK under proposed Wisconsin state law

By: Keegan Kyle, USA Today Network-WI | Post Crescent | February 19, 2018

MADISON - Alyssa Rodriguez’s teachers and school staff were worried. Her thoughts about suicide had begun to involve alarming details such as date and method.

Haas: We need to rethink health care

By: David Haas | Post-Crescent | February 19, 2018

Our community and our state face a problem: health care here is too expensive and far more expensive than in neighboring Minnesota.


Federal cuts leave future of Minnesota's low-income health insurance program, MinnesotaCare, in question   

By: Glenn Howatt | Star Tribune | February 16, 2018

The last time legislators convened in St. Paul, the state’s groundbreaking health insurance program for the working poor, Minnesota­Care, had stable and adequate funding.

Federal Judge's Ruling Could Block Lower DSH Payments to Hospitals

By: Christopher Cheney | HealthLeaders Media | February 15, 2018

In first blow to a CMS 2017 Final Rule, a court ruling in Missouri has invalidated the agency's attempt to deduct Medicare and private insurance payments as offsets when calculating outlays to hospitals under the DSH program.

How A Urine Test After Back Surgery Triggered A $17,800 Bill

By: Fred Schulte | NPR & Kaiser Health News | February 16, 2018

This is the debut of a monthly feature from Kaiser Health News and NPR that will dissect and explain real medical bills to shed light on prices in U.S. health care and to help patients learn how to be more active in managing costs.


Aurora and Advocate merger nets approval from FTC, Illinois board National

By: Lauren Anderson | BizTimes | February 14, 2018

Milwaukee-based Aurora Health Care’s planned merger with Downers Grove, Illinois-based Advocate Health Care has advanced two steps after securing the approval of the Federal Trade Commission and an Illinois regulatory board.

Aurora plans Pleasant Prairie facility  

By: Corrinne Hess and Arthur Thomas | BizTimes | February 15, 2018

Aurora Health Care could join Haribo of America as the second tenant of the Prairie Highlands Corporate Park in Pleasant Prairie, potentially building a medical facility on nearly 100 acres of land, according to real estate and health care industry sources.