March 28, 2017


Self-funding state employee health program bad for Wisconsin

By: Martin Preizler, Lon Sprecher, Mark Moody and Larry Zanoni, USA Today Network-WI | Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune | March 23, 2017

For more than three decades, the health insurance program for Wisconsin state employees has been called a model for other states, using free-market competition to deliver extraordinarily high-quality care and, importantly, contain costs for taxpayers.

Bill Would Let Dental Hygienists Work Independently In More Places

By: Shamane Mills | Wisconsin Public Radio | March 22, 2017

Concern about the number of people who go without dental care in Wisconsin is garnering support at the state Capitol for a bill that would expand where dental hygienists can work independently.

ER visits for dental pain down, but still concerning, in Dane County

By: David Wahlberg | Wisconsin State Journal | March 21, 2017

Fewer Dane County residents are going to emergency rooms for dental pain, but black residents are 10 times more likely than whites to do so, a new report says.

With Congress gridlocked, Scott Walker wants Trump to OK drug tests for state health coverage    

By: Jason Stein | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | March 27, 2017

MADISON - With the GOP's repeal of Obamacare stymied in Congress, Gov. Scott Walker is still rejecting the federal law and instead asking the Trump administration to let Wisconsin drug test applicants for state coverage.

Mobile integrated health bill proposed for Wisconsin

By: Staff | WQOW | March 23, 2017

A new bipartisan bill introduced at the state capitol Wednesday afternoon would help communities expand the service EMT's and paramedics provide to people across the state.

Wisconsin doctors must check patient history before prescribing opioids, other drugs

By: David Wahlberg | Wisconsin State Journal | March 26, 2017

Patients who take opioids or other controlled substances will be under greater scrutiny beginning Saturday, when doctors in Wisconsin will have to start checking a database of drugs previously given to patients before they write certain prescriptions.

Wisconsin Finance Committee Approves Opioid Bills  

By: Shawn Johnson | Wisconsin Public Radio | March 27, 2017

The Wisconsin Legislature’s budget committee approved seven bills Monday aimed at treating people addicted to opioids.

Governor Walker announces grant to develop health care workforce

By: Kaitlyn Riley | WQOW | March 27, 2017

Altoona (WQOW) - Governor Scott Walker (R-WI) announced the launch of the Wisconsin Fast Forward Grant at Grace Lutheran Communities in Altoona on Monday.

Majority of Wisconsin voters want to keep health care law

By: Associated Press | News 8000 | March 22, 2017

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A majority of Wisconsin voters surveyed in a new poll say they want to keep the current national health care law in some form.


WalletHub releases list of 'best' and 'worst' states for doctors for 2017

By: Joshua Murray | KFVS 12 | March 27, 2017

KFVS - With National Doctor’s Day around the corner, the personal-finance website WalletHub has released its report on 2017's Best & Worst States for Doctors.

What's next after Obamacare's latest brush with death?

 By: Adam Cancryn, Jennifer Haberkorn and Rachana Pradhan | POLITICO | March 24, 2017

Congress choked. Obamacare lives. House Republicans are at an unfamiliar crossroads after their seven-year effort to repeal the law collapsed.

Some Lawmakers Now Look to Bipartisanship on Health Care

By: Robert Pear and Michael D. Shear | The New York Times | March 26, 2017

WASHINGTON — The sudden death of legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act has created an opening for voices from both parties to press for fixes to the acknowledged problems in President Barack Obama’s signature health law, as lawmakers and some senior White House officials appealed for bipartisanship.

In Health Bill’s Defeat, Medicaid Comes of Age

By: Kate Zernike, Abby Goodnough and Pam Belluck | The New York Times | March 27, 2017

When it was created more than a half century ago, Medicaid almost escaped notice.


Tomah Memorial to build occupational health clinic

By: Mike Tighe | La Crosse Tribune | March 27, 2017

TOMAH — Tomah Memorial Hospital Tomah Memorial Hospital plans to build a 3,400-square-foot occupational health and wellness clinic in the city’s Industrial Park.