February 7, 2017


Local hospitals brace for Obamacare repeal

By: Madeleine Behr, USA Today Network-WI | Post-Crescent | February 6, 2017

APPLETON - Health-care leaders are trying to anticipate the effects of the anticipated repeal, and likely replacement, of Obamacare.

Letter to the Editor: Health care must include rural neighbors

By: Lawrence W. Waite | La Crosse Tribune | February 5, 2017

I applaud Tim Size for his insightful guest column, “Learn from history of rural health,” (Tribune, Jan. 26) spotlighting the very real fragility of health care in rural American communities.

Health insurers ponder options for 2018, as exchanges face hazy future

By: Tom Murpy, AP | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | February 1, 2017

The Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchanges have become too risky for major health insurers, and that’s creating further doubt about coverage options consumers might have next year.

How Obamacare became a political football

By: Guy Boulton | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | February 3, 2017

If you get health insurance through your employer, can you list one or two ways that the Affordable Care Act has affected your coverage?

Pilot program tracks blood supply at Children’s Hospital

By: Arthur Thomas | BizTimes | February 6, 2017

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is the site of a pilot program tracking blood bags throughout the hospital, aimed at helping health care professional optimize their available blood supply.

Area schools embrace mental health partnership

By: Jason Arndt | My Kenosha County | February 1, 2017

More than 150,000 school-age children in Wisconsin experience a mental disorder in a given year, according to a report by Pupil Services Director Bridget Kotarak of the Wilmot K-12 Consortium, which is composed of four area schools.


Talk of Repeal Sends People Running to, and From, Affordable Care Act

By: Abby Goodnough and Robert Pear | The New York Times | January 31, 2017

WASHINGTON — A flurry of actions by President Trump and Congress against the Affordable Care Act injected confusion and uncertainty into the final weeks of the annual period to sign up for coverage, and many, but not all, enrollment groups were reporting a drop in people seeking insurance as the deadline loomed on Tuesday.

Employers Fret Job-Based Coverage Vulnerable To Fallout From GOP Health Overhaul

By: Jay Hancock | Kaiser Health News | February 3, 2017

Through years of acrimony over Obamacare coverage for the poor and other individuals lacking health policies, one kind of insurance has remained steady, widespread and relatively affordable.

Trump’s Immigration Ban Fuels Fear For Young Doctors Whose Jobs May Be In Limbo

By: Carmen Heredia Rodriguez | Kaiser Health News | February 2, 2017

President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration, which sparked protests abroad and in the U.S., is also raising fears about the impact on international medical students vying for training programs at U.S. hospitals, as well as young doctors in training from affected countries who are already working here.

How Would Republican Plans for Medicaid Block Grants Actually Work?

By: Aaron E. Carroll | The New York Times | February 6, 2017

The approach of returning it to the states appeals to the G.O.P., but it has historically shifted costs more than reducing them.


Froedtert Hospital plans $43 million expansion

By: Guy Boulton | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | February 1, 2017

Less than 18 months after opening its Center for Advanced Care, Froedtert Hospital is seeking approval to add four floors to the building at a projected cost of $43 million.

Ascension opens first clinic under new unified name

By: Angela Mueller | St. Louis Business Journal | February 3, 2017

Ascension Medical Group has opened its first clinic in the country under the new unified name for the St. Louis-based health care system.

Tomah Memorial takes step toward $66 million replacement

By: Mike Tighe | La Crosse Tribune | February 4, 2017

TOMAH — Construction of Tomah Memorial Hospital’s new campus, a scaled-back facility estimated to cost $66 million, could begin in August or September and be completed by the summer of 2019.

Waupun Memorial Hospital details expansion

By: Staff, USA Today Network-WI | Fond du Lac Reporter | February 3, 2017

WAUPUN - Progress is being made on Waupun Memorial Hospital’s new private patient room expansion.