August 8, 2017


Molina Healthcare to drop out of Wisconsin's Obamacare marketplace

By: Guy Boulton | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | August 2, 2017

Molina Healthcare Inc. announced Wednesday that it will not sell health plans next year on the Wisconsin marketplaces set up through the Affordable Care Act.

Common Ground navigates uncertainty as one of few remaining Obamacare co-ops

By: Lauren Anderson | BizTimes | August 7, 2017

On her hour-and-20-minute commute from Verona to Brookfield, Cathy Mahaffey often finds herself considering what it would be like to work in an industry with a little more predictability than hers.

If Trump decides to 'let Obamacare implode,' rates will soar for millions

By: Guy Boulton | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | August 7, 2017

President Donald Trump appears inclined to send rates soaring for at least some health plans sold directly to individuals and families next year, a move that could make health insurance far more expensive for millions of people who don’t get federal subsidies through the Affordable Care Act.

First class begins work in new Mayo Clinic Family Medicine Residency Program in Eau Claire

By: Barbara Lyon | The Dunn County News | August 3, 2017

Five residents are the first to begin work in the new Mayo Clinic Family Medicine Residency Program in Eau Claire. The residents were selected out of 999 applicants from medical schools across the country.

Community health workers' emerging as bridge between at-risk communities and health care

By: Andres Guerra Luz | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | August 4, 2017

The smell of freshly cooked egg whites against unsalted quinoa greets students as they arrive at Carol Witcher's weekly diabetes class.

State Journal editorial: What a concept for Congress -- cooperation

By: Editorial Board | Wisconsin State Journal | August 2, 2017

Gov. Scott Walker was in Washington this week to help the Trump administration brainstorm its next steps on health care.


Senate Republicans Nod at Bipartisan Push for Insurer Payments

By: Ben Brody | Bloomberg Politics | August 6, 2017

Senate Republicans are expressing a willingness to consider a bipartisan approach to strengthening the individual insurance market under Obamacare, even as President Donald Trump is deciding whether to end payments for it.

Employer-based health coverage likely to stay awhile

By: Laurie Kellman and Joyce M. Rosenberg, AP | Fox Business | August 4, 2017

Get your insurance through your employer? The ongoing political turmoil around "Obamacare" all but guarantees you'll still be able to do that.

Sen. Ron Johnson: GOP health care bill didn’t do anything for ‘the forgotten man’

By: Sally Persons | The Washington Times | August 2, 2017

Sen. Ron Johnson said Wednesday that nothing in the House or Senate health care bills did anything for “the forgotten man.”

McConnell to consider bipartisan plan to pay health insurers

By: Adam Beam, AP | Wisconsin State Journal | August 5, 2017

FANCY FARM, Ky. (AP) — A week after an attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act failed, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he'd consider a bipartisan effort to continue payments to insurers to avert a costly rattling of health insurance markets.

Newest GOP health care attempt faces same tough odds

By: Adam Cancryn | POLITICO | August 1, 2017

Senate Republicans couldn’t agree on a way to repeal and replace Obamacare. So now they’re contemplating a totally different approach: Blow it up and let the states sort it out.

Senate panel to hold bipartisan hearings on healthcare

By: Rachel Roubein | The Hill | August 1, 2017

The Senate Health Committee will begin holding bipartisan hearings the first week of September on how to stabilize and strengthen the individual insurance market, the panel's top Democrat and Republican announced Tuesday.

Good News Sweeps Across the Rural Health Landscape

By: Janelle Ali-Dinar, PhD | RAC Monitor | August 3, 2017

There are plenty of success stories quietly and seamlessly happening in rural communities across the nation from building better margins, developing more services, and adding more collaborations and technology— all in the name of keeping high-quality services accessible near home.

Minnesota's reinsurance program helps calm health care rates 

 By: Peter Nelson | Star Tribune | August 3, 2017

Premiums have stabilized in the individual market, thanks to a $542 million subsidy, but legislators still have more work to do.

White House Panel Recommends Declaring National Emergency on Opioids

By: Abby Goodnough | The New York Times | July 31, 2017

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s commission on the opioid crisis asked him Monday to declare a national emergency to deal with the epidemic.

US hospitals set record for fast heart attack care

By: Marilynn Marchione, AP | La Crosse Tribune | July 31, 2017

There's never been a better time to be treated for a heart attack. U.S. hospitals have set a record for how quickly they open blocked arteries, averaging under one hour for the first time since these results have been tracked.