July 25, 2017


Video: Wisconsin penalized for refusing Obamacare Medicaid expansion

By: WisconsinEye | Wisconsin State Journal | July 24, 2017

"One of our biggest concerns with this debate is that Wisconsin is being penalized for not expanding a la Obamacare," Eric Borgerding, president and CEO of Wisconsin Hospital Association told WisconsinEye.

Federal Officials Rank Wisconsin Rural Hospitals Among Best In US

By: Shamane Mills | Wisconsin Public Radio | July 24, 2017

The quality of health care can depend on where you live. And a new federal report suggests Wisconsin’s small, rural hospitals are better than similar facilities in other states.

Wisconsin's Rural Critical Access Hospitals Top Rated

By: Ken Krall | WXPR | July 25, 2017

A critical access hospital is defined as a rural acute care facility providing 24-hour emergency services, acute inpatient and swing-bed care and offers inpatient stay up to 96 hours on average.

Column: Bipartisan action essential on health care reform

By: Nick W. Turkal, M.D., USA Today Network-WI | Post-Crescent | July 19, 2017

Sometimes to move forward, you need to take a step back.  While the dust is settling from the nonstop political analysis surrounding U.S. Senate action — or as we heard Tuesday — inaction on health care, maybe it’s time we as a country candidly acknowledge our deep divisions on health care policy and work to develop a framework on which fundamentals we agree.

Training Physicians to Practice in Rural Wisconsin

By: Tim Morrissey | Public News Service | July 19, 2017

MADISON, Wis. - Nearly a third of Wisconsinites - 29 percent - live in one of the state's many rural areas, but only 13 percent of the physicians in Wisconsin have rural practices.

Digging Deeper: New program aims to fill a rural doctor shortage 

By: Jennifer Kliese | WKOW | July 20, 2017

MADISON (WKOW) -- A brand-new, first-of-its-kind program at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health is aiming to fill a shortage of doctors in rural areas. View the video of the news story here.

Editorial: On health care, Republicans should work with Democrats

By: David D. Haynes | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | July 18, 2017

Now that the plan to "repeal and replace" Obamacare is dead and the plan to "repeal now, replace later" has expired ignominiously, what's the next treatment noted health care specialists Donald Trump, Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell will try?

Is Obamacare failing? No. Flaws? You bet. Fixes? We'll see.

By: Guy Boulton | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | July 23, 2017

Republican politicians rarely mention Obamacare without adding the adjective “failing.” It happened repeatedly even last week when GOP senators were explaining their failure to repeal "failing Obamacare."

Mental health funds in region much needed

By: Liam Marlaire | Leader-Telegram | July 20, 2017

The second phase of a program critical to local youth is under way.  “Mental Health Matters: Promoting Resilience for Chippewa Valley Youth” recently received $1 million in funding.

Wisconsin faces critical shortage of care workers for disabled and elderly

By: Lillian Price | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | July 21, 2017

MADISON – Jessica Nell relies on a stranger to help her get in and out of bed every day.

ER Effort To Reduce Drug Overdoses Aims To Go Statewide

By: Shamane Mills | WPR | July 20, 2017

A pilot program started in Madison which helps overdose victims get drug treatment after they’re brought to the emergency room hopes to expand statewide.

Urban League, health care providers to announce $100,000 worker training grant

By: Staff | Channel 3000 | July 22, 2017

MADISON, Wis. - Secretary Ray Allen announced Saturday afternoon that the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development is awarding a $93,387 grant to the Urban League of Greater Madison and a consortium of the Madison region's four largest health care providers.

Attorney general calls Sauk County a leader in fight against drugs

By: Ben Bromley | Baraboo News Republic | July 21, 2017

Wisconsin’s attorney general says Sauk County is a leader in law enforcement’s battle with a drug epidemic.


Individual Insurance Market Performance in Early 2017

By: Cynthia Cox and Larry Levitt | Kaiser Family Foundation | July 10, 2017

Concerns about the stability of the individual insurance market under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have been raised in the past year following exits of several insurers from the exchange markets, and again with renewed intensity in recent months as debate over repeal of the health law has picked up.

Congress Squares Off Over Drug Pricing And A Controversial Drug Discount Program

By: Sarah Jane Tribble | Kaiser Health News | July 18, 2017

House Democrats are calling foul on Republican assertions that cuts to a little-known discount drug program will eventually reduce skyrocketing drug prices.


ProHealth Care Foundation receives $100,000 grant to enhance care for memory clinic patients

By: Lake Country | Lake Country Now | July 24, 2017

The William Randolph Hearst Foundation has awarded $100,000 to the ProHealth Care Foundation.

Agnesian HealthCare offers easy access to health care providers’ notes

By: Agnesian HealthCare | Fond du Lac Reporter | July 20, 2017

FOND DU LAC - Agnesian HealthCare patients who utilize Agnesian eHealth are benefiting from easier access to the notes their providers write in their medical records.