March 21, 2017


Study Ranks Wisconsin 11th In US In Health Care System Performance

By: Ross Terrell | Wisconsin Public Radio | March 17, 2017

A new study released by the Commonwealth Fund ranks Wisconsin 11th in the country in overall health system performance.

Wisconsin DHS head doesn't know how many may lose insurance

By: Scott Bauer, AP | La Crosse Tribune | March 21, 2017

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The top health official in Wisconsin said Tuesday she doesn't know how many people may lose health insurance in the state under the fast-moving House Republican health care overhaul bill, even as nationwide estimates project 24 million people will go without in a decade.

Walker Plans Talk With Other Governors On New Health Bill

By: Chuck Quirmbach and The Associated Press | WPR | March 14, 2017

Gov. Scott Walker says he's talking with other Republic governors, about how to improve the federal health care law introduced in Congress last week.

ACA Enrollment In Wisconsin Hits All-Time High As Repeal Efforts Continue

By: Shamane Mills | Wisconsin Public Radio | March 15, 2017

Enrollment numbers are in for the Affordable Care Act and more people signed up for the health care coverage in Wisconsin in 2017 than ever before.

Top Republicans skeptical on self-insurance for state workers

By: David Wahlberg | Wisconsin State Journal | March 17, 2017

Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to switch to a self-insurance model for state workers’ medical care has little support in the state Legislature, top Republicans said Thursday.

Rural Wisconsin takes hit in GOP health plan after backing Donald Trump

By: Craig Gilbert | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | March 18, 2017

No congressional district in Wisconsin delivered a bigger victory margin for Donald Trump last fall (20 points) than the rural northern one represented by Republican Sean Duffy.

Testin circulates health care training proposal

By: Steve Rundio | La Crosse Tribune | March 16, 2017

State Sen. Patrick Testin, R-Stevens Point, has introduced a proposal to increase funding for health care workforce training in rural Wisconsin.


Minnesota House passes GOP reinsurance bill

By: Brian Bakst | MPR News | March 13, 2017

The Minnesota House has approved a bill that would shield health insurance companies from some of the risk involved in paying for medical care.

States Could Make Work a Medicaid Requirement Under G.O.P. Deal

By: Thomas Kaplan and Robert Pear | The New York Times | March 17, 2017

WASHINGTON — President Trump and conservative lawmakers in the House agreed Friday to significant changes to Medicaid that could impose work requirements on able-bodied Medicaid beneficiaries in some states and limit federal funds for the program, as Republican leaders tried to rally balking lawmakers behind legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Obamacare Pushed Nonprofit Hospitals To Do Good Beyond Their Walls. Now What?

By: Shefali Luthra | Kaiser Health News | March 16, 2017

For the past six years, Mardi Chadwick has run a violence prevention program at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. The program’s goal is to address broader, community-based health issues and social problems that make people ill or prone to repeated injury from gunshots, stabbings or environmental causes.

Rural Areas Brace for a Shortage of Doctors Due to Visa Policy

By: Miriam Jordan | The New York Times | March 18, 2017

In Coudersport, Pa., a town in a mountainous region an hour’s drive from the nearest Walmart, Cole Memorial Hospital counts on two Jordanian physicians to keep its obstetrics unit open and is actively recruiting foreign specialists.

By Law, Hospitals Now Must Tell Medicare Patients When Care Is ‘Observation’ Only

By: Susan Jaffee | Kaiser Health News | March 13, 2017

Under a new federal law, hospitals across the country must now alert Medicare patients when they are getting observation care and why they were not admitted — even if they stay in the hospital a few nights.