February 28, 2017


Scott Walker touts state's health care for poor as Obamacare alternative

By: Annysa Johnson | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | February 26, 2017

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker touted the state's program for health insurance coverage for the poor on "Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace," calling it "a model of exactly what will happen" under plans to replace Obamacare.

ACA repeal's impact on Medicaid concerns area health care executives

By: Rich Kirchen | Milwaukee Business Journal | February 23, 2017

A top executive with Aurora Health Care, Wisconsin’s largest health care system, says he has major concerns about the impact of an Affordable Care Act repeal on low-income Milwaukee-area residents.

GOP has a broad outline of a plan to replace Obamacare

By: Guy Boulton | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | February 27, 2017

They have a broad outline. They have talking points. But more than a month into Donald Trump’s presidency, congressional Republicans still haven’t offered a detailed plan for replacing the Affordable Care Act.

That Empty Feeling: Local nursing homes close

By: Eric Lindquist | Leader-Telegram | February 25, 2017

Recent closings of two area nursing homes highlight a trend that could spell trouble as baby boomers age into the need for skilled long-term care centers.

Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel touts better buy on anti-overdose drug

By: Jason Stein and Ashley Luthern | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | February 23, 2017

MADISON - Some Wisconsin buyers will get discounts on a life-saving drug overdose treatment that is being more widely purchased by public agencies but is also getting increasingly expensive.

Medical College to launch psychiatric care program for expectant mothers

By: Ben Stanley | BizTimes | February 27, 2017

The Medical College of Wisconsin is using a $1.2 million grant it received from the United Health Foundation to launch a primary and psychiatric health care program for new mothers and pregnant women.

Marquette forum warns of possible Zika exposure in Wisconsin

By: Pete Zervakis | TMJ4 | February 23, 2017

MILWAUKEE, Wis. - With spring break around the corner, Marquette University hosted a forum on the Zika virus Thursday morning at the Alumni Memorial Union.


Scott Walker, Other Governors Wary of Medicaid Cuts in Obamacare Repeal

By: Emily Cadei | Newsweek | February 24, 2017

It was not a statement one would expect to come out of the mouth of one of America’s most vocal enemies of “big government” and public sector spending.

Trump Concedes Health Law Overhaul Is ‘Unbelievably Complex’

By: Robert Pear and Kate Kelly | The New York Times | February 27, 2017

WASHINGTON — President Trump, meeting with the nation’s governors, conceded Monday that he had not been aware of the complexities of health care policy-making: “I have to tell you, it’s an unbelievably complex subject. Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated.”

Obamacare popularity highest in nearly seven years as repeal talk mounts

By: Jayne O’Donnell | USA Today | February 24, 2017

Publicity surrounding the Affordable Care Act's benefits may be meeting supporters' goals. More people view the health law favorably than at any point in nearly seven years. 

GOP Fix To Insurance Markets Could Spike Premiums For Older Customers

By: Jordan Rau and Julie Appleby | Kaiser Health News | February 22, 2017

Dale Marsh has not been enamored with his health insurance since the Affordable Care Act took effect.

Drug prices still soar

By: Linda A. Johnson, AP | La Crosse Tribune | February 27, 2017

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Several big drugmakers are trying to quell the furor over high drug prices by revealing more information about their pricing and even pledging to keep a lid on increases.

Deadly, Drug-Resistant ‘Superbugs’ Pose Huge Threat, W.H.O. Says

By: Donald G. McNeil Jr. | The New York Times | February 27, 2017

The World Health Organization warned on Monday that a dozen antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” pose an enormous threat to human health, and urged hospital infection-control experts and pharmaceutical researchers to focus on fighting the most dangerous pathogens first.