Health Care

Senate Republicans fire four Evers appointees from natural resources, UW Health boards

BY: - February 21, 2024

Wisconsin Senate Republicans rejected four appointees of Gov. Tony Evers Tuesday, including one to the Natural Resources Board and three to the board that oversees the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics Authority. One GOP senator said Natural Resources Board (NRB) appointee Todd Ambs was being fired because of a now-deleted tweet attacking Republicans and […]

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Legislature will take up bills to help western Wisconsin communities facing loss of two hospitals

BY: - February 20, 2024

Legislation that would redirect $15 million to help hospitals and health care providers in the Chippewa Valley step in to pick up services lost when two hospitals in the region close this spring will go before the state Legislature this week. Two bills — AB-1078/SB-1014 and AB-1077/SB1015 — will authorize the state Department of Health […]

Johnson aims to bolster the state’s health workforce, restore trust in public health

BY: - February 12, 2024

As Kirsten Johnson starts her second year as the head of Wisconsin’s state health department, she has a bulging portfolio of responsibilities. The Department of Health Services (DHS) is the second-largest executive branch agency, with nearly 6,000 employees. (Only the the Department of Corrections, which runs the state prison system, is larger, employing  more than […]

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Wisconsin Planned Parenthood employees vote for union representation

BY: - February 9, 2024

Employees at Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin voted to join the Wisconsin Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals union Thursday with an 81% majority of those who voted. The union will cover a total of 133 nurse practitioners, registered nurses and other health care workers at the health care nonprofit that provides a wide range of […]

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Study cited by Texas judge in abortion pill case retracted

BY: - February 6, 2024

Two of the key studies cited by plaintiffs and judges as evidence that medication abortion should be pulled from the market or heavily restricted have been retracted because of undeclared conflicts of interest and unreliable findings, academic publisher Sage announced Monday. States Newsroom was the first to report last year that Sage had opened an […]

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Baldwin meets with health providers to discuss high cost of inhalers

BY: - February 5, 2024

Skyrocketing prices for inhalers that people with asthma and other chronic respiratory ailments depend on are a growing concern and warrant federal investigation and corrective action, Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) said after meeting with health care providers to discuss the issue. Baldwin met Friday with providers and patient advocates at Access Community Health Center in […]

A bill to give some nurses greater autonomy appears destined for a veto. What happened?

BY: - February 2, 2024

For the second legislative session in a row, a bill with bipartisan support that would grant more professional autonomy to nurses with advanced credentials appears at risk of being killed by the governor’s veto. Wisconsin Health News reported Jan. 26 that Gov. Tony Evers will veto the measure. This week, Evers stopped short of declaring […]

Evers task force to spotlight health care workforce shortages

BY: - January 30, 2024

Following through on one of the announcements in his State of the State message a week ago, Gov. Tony Evers established a task force of cabinet officers and outside experts Monday to examine the shortage of health care workers in Wisconsin. Lt. Gov. Sara Rodriguez, who worked as an emergency room nurse and in health […]

COMMENTARY
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Roe v. Wade let me make an important decision about my future; now it’s up to politicians 

BY: - January 26, 2024

I can’t imagine how different my life would look or if I would even be here today if I weren’t able to access a safe and legal abortion. Working as a labor and delivery nurse for 10 years and having made the decision to end a pregnancy myself, I know firsthand that there are many […]

Assembly approves advanced practice registered nurse bill

BY: - January 26, 2024

Assembly lawmakers concurred in a bill in a voice vote that would allow advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) to practice independently, but without an amendment proposed by Democrats on Thursday that the author said was needed to prevent a veto. “[SB 145] is more than just a piece of legislation. It is a beacon of […]

ACA health insurance enrollment reaches new records in Wisconsin, US

BY: - January 25, 2024

More than a quarter-million Wisconsin residents signed up for health insurance available under the Affordable Care Act in the 2024 open enrollment period, state officials announced Thursday. Citing information from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (OCI) reported Thursday that 266,000 enrollments in Wisconsin through […]

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Assembly panel advances abortion ban measure with rape, incest exception

BY: - January 23, 2024

With bipartisan opposition, the Assembly health committee passed legislation Tuesday that would ban abortion after 14 weeks and hold a statewide referendum on the restriction.  The committee also amended the bill to include an exception to the 14-week legal limit in cases of sexual assault or incest. AB-975 was the subject of a public hearing […]