June 20, 2017


Borgerding: Rural health care workforce investments help 'Grow-Our-Own'

By: Eric Borgerding | The Dunn County News | June 16, 2017

Wisconsin’s hospitals and health systems are essential components of the state’s economy

Budget panel rejects Walker's self-insurance plan, finds other savings

By: David Wahlberg | Wisconsin State Journal | June 16, 2017

The state Legislature’s budget committee on Thursday unanimously rejected Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to save $60 million by self-insuring state workers, saying it found $63.9 million in other savings.

Children's Advocates: Medicaid Cuts Would Hurt Wisconsin

By: Tim Morrissey | Wisconsin News Connection | June 13, 2017

MADISON, Wis. - Medicaid plays a bigger role in providing health coverage to people living in small towns and rural areas than it does in metropolitan areas, according to a new report from the Georgetown University Center on Children and Families.

Haynes: Secretive Republicans about to declare nation free of Obamacare

By: David D. Haynes | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | June 16, 2017

I have no idea what’s in the new health care bill. Neither do most senators. “It’s not a good process,” Sen. Ron Johnson, the Wisconsin Republican, told USA TODAY.

State Journal editorial: Slow down and get health care bill right

By: Editorial Board | Wisconsin State Journal | June 16, 2017

First the U.S. House of Representatives approved an overhaul of the Affordable Care Act without waiting for a fresh analysis of its potential impacts by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

Hansen, Genrich want to open BadgerCare to all Wisconsin residents

By: Jeff Bollier, USA Today Network-WI | June 19, 2017

GREEN BAY - Two local Democrats and a citizen advocacy group are calling for opening BadgerCare enrollment to all state residents in order to combat rising health care costs. 


Hospitals fear health plan changes will add up to big losses

By: Jim Spencer | Star Tribune | June 18, 2017

WASHINGTON – Minnesota hospital executives expect big hits to bottom lines and possible service disruptions if Congress approves President Donald Trump’s proposed budget or the U.S. Senate passes a health care reform bill like one approved by the House.

How to Ace Direct-to-Employer Services

By: Christopher Cheney | HealthLeaders Media | June 19, 2017

At Bellin Health, offering employees vaccinations, preventive-medicine screenings, and free services for some health conditions has made a significant reduction in the number of claims.

GOP senators from Midwest shouldn't aid in gutting Medicaid

By: Editorial Board | Star Tribune | June 13, 2017

Make no mistake. The Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill speeding through the U.S. Senate toward an expected July vote is less a health reform bill than a major overhaul of one of the nation’s most vital safety net programs: Medicaid.

Federal actuary: 13M more uninsured under GOP repeal package

By: Paul Demko | POLITICO | June 13, 2017

The House-passed Obamacare repeal bill would leave 12.6 million more Americans uninsured over the next decade and reduce federal spending by $328 billion, according to an analysis released today by CMS’ Office of the Actuary.

US Has Highest Child Obesity Rates In The World 

By: Nyajai Ellison | WPR | June 16, 2017

A recent study that looked at the trends of obesity in 195 countries over 25 years found more than 10 percent of the world’s population is obese, according to the study in the New England Journal of Medicine.


The rearview mirror and the windshield

By: Dr. Dean Gruner | Post-Crescent | June 17, 2017

As I look ahead, I’m also looking back. Not because I’m wistful or have regrets. I’m looking back to celebrate the good and share some of what I’ve learned.

La Crosse area cardiac arrest survival keeps hearts ticking, gives national rate a licking 

By: Mike Tighe | La Crosse Tribune | June 14, 2017

Coulee Region cardiac survival rates in a specific category far outstrip the national average, underscoring the fact that lifesaving is a team sport, according to Gundersen Health System officials.