June 13, 2017

Wisconsin continues to lose out under Republicans' Obamacare repeal legislation

By: Jason Stein | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | June 13, 2017

MADISON - States like Wisconsin that didn't fully expand their health programs under Obamacare would still miss out on billions of dollars under a proposed Republican repeal of the federal law, an industry report has found.

Read the WHA Valued Voice article from 6/9/17 here.

Report: More than one third of kids in rural Wisconsin rely on Medicaid, BadgerCare

By: Staff | WKOW | June 7, 2017

MADISON (WKOW) -- A new report shows Medicaid provides more health coverage to rural communities than Wisconsin's metro areas.

Wisconsin submits plan to become first state to drug screen some Medicaid enrollees

By: David Wahlberg | Wisconsin State Journal | June 8, 2017

Gov. Scott Walker on Wednesday asked President Donald Trump’s administration to let Wisconsin become the first state to require drug screening for poor, childless adults who seek Medicaid and impose a time limit on coverage unless they work.

 Charity care dips at Wisconsin hospitals, with more people insured; trend could end with Obamacare repeal

By: David Wahlberg | Wisconsin State Journal | June 11, 2017

Hospitals in Madison and throughout Wisconsin have provided less charity care in recent years as more people have gained insurance through the Affordable Care Act, with some hospitals directing the savings to disease prevention.

2 Wisconsin Institutions Join National Effort To Change Medical Education

By: Ross Terrell | WPR | June 8, 2017

The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and the Medical College of Wisconsin announced Thursday they are joining a national initiative to change how medical students are educated.

UW Health to screen for hunger, provide free meals for children

By: David Wahlberg | Wisconsin State Journal | June 7, 2017

UW Health, which has joined other Madison-area health care providers in screening children for food insecurity, will become the first to ask patients of all ages about hunger next week.


Iowa May Be First State With No Health Insurers on Exchange

By: The Associated Press | The New York Times | June 12, 2017

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa could be the first state in the nation with no health insurance company willing to offer policies on its Affordable Care Act exchange next year unless President Donald Trump's administration approves a stopgap proposal, Iowa Insurance Commissioner Doug Ommen said Monday.

Just Lost Your Job? COBRA May Be Your Best Health Insurance Strategy Now

By: Michelle Andrews | NPR | June 13, 2017

After losing a job, what's the best strategy for getting insurance? Are Republicans planning to change Medicare benefits as part of their changes to the federal health law?

GOP Medicaid Cuts Hit Rural America Hardest, Report Finds

By: Phil Galewitz | Kaiser Health News | June 7, 2017

Rural America carried President Donald Trump to his election night upset last November.  Trump Country it may be, but rural counties and small towns also make up Medicaid Country —

You’re Probably Going to Need Medicaid

By: David Grabowski, Jonathan Gruber and Vincent Mor | The New York Times | June 13, 2017

Imagine your mother needs to move into a nursing home. It’s going to cost her almost $100,000 a year.