May 9, 2017


State Medicaid Director: AHCA Is Chance To Make Program Better

By: Shamane Mills | WPR | May 4, 2017

One of the programs affected by the Republican health plan passed by the House on Thursday is Medicaid. In Wisconsin, 1-in-5 people rely on it.

Proposed psychiatric hospital for Milwaukee area to get review

By: Guy Boulton | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | May 4, 2017

A task force set up to recommend a replacement for the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division's aging psychiatric hospital agreed Thursday to consider a last-minute proposal from three Milwaukee health systems.

Demand for nurses, educators strong in state

By: Nathan Phelps, USA Today Network-WI | Post-Crescent | May 5, 2017

Wisconsin comes out on top in a ranking of "best and worst states for nurses," as heath care systems face challenges in hiring registered nurses and nursing educators say they need increased support.

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Wisconsin Senate OKs bills targeting opioid addiction

By: Jason Stein | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | May 2, 2017

MADISON - Wisconsin would target heroin and opiate addiction by expanding treatment, hiring special agents and establishing a charter school for addicted teens, under legislation approved unanimously by the state Senate on Tuesday.

Wisconsin Schools Could See Less Medicaid Funding Under AHCA

By: Hope Kirwan | Wisconsin Public Radio | May 8, 2017

As Congress debates the future of the Affordable Care Act, Wisconsin education advocates worry about the impact of less Medicaid money for public schools under the proposed American Health Care Act.

ThedaCare paramedic program gets a boost

By: USA Today Network-WI | Post-Crescent | May 2, 2017

A $107,000 grant from the ThedaCare Family of Foundations through Appleton, Neenah and Waupaca will allow an expansion of the new ThedaCare community paramedic program, launched in January.

Moving overweight patients challenge for EMS

By: Lauren French | Leader-Telegram | May 3, 2017

The Janesville Fire Department has upgraded its ambulance equipment to better lift overweight patients, and while Chippewa Valley fire officials say getting similar advancements would be “awesome,” it wouldn’t alter the “real challenge” of helping bariatric patients.


Overcoming Opioids: When pills are a hospital's last resort

By: Lauran Neergaard, AP | La Crosse Tribune | May 2, 2017

BALTIMORE (AP) — A car crash shattered Stuart Anders' thigh, leaving pieces of bone sticking through his skin. Yet Anders begged emergency room doctors not to give him powerful opioid painkillers — he'd been addicted once before and panicked at the thought of relapsing.

G.O.P. Bill Could Affect Employer Health Coverage, Too

By: Margot Sanger-Katz | The New York Times | May 9, 2017

If it becomes law, the American Health Care Act will have the biggest effects on people who buy their own insurance or get coverage through Medicaid. But it also means changes for the far larger employer health system.