Health Care

The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, chaired by Washington Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, held a roundtable on Jan. 25, 2023, on the role of social media platforms in the sale of illicit drugs, specifically fentanyl-laced drugs. Photo by Ashley Murray/States Newsroom.

U.S. House GOP takes aim at fake pills containing deadly fentanyl sold on social media

BY: - January 26, 2023

WASHINGTON — On a June 2020 morning, Amy Neville entered her son’s bedroom to wake him for an orthodontist appointment.  Fourteen-year-old Alex didn’t wake up.  He died of fentanyl poisoning after taking a counterfeit pill he bought from someone he met on Snapchat, Neville told GOP lawmakers Wednesday during a roundtable discussion of the role […]


How are Wisconsin women doing under the 1849 abortion ban?

BY: - January 24, 2023

The national Women’s March chose Wisconsin as the location for a massive abortion-rights rally on Sunday, the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, for good reason. Our state, where a draconian 1849 abortion ban rose from the grave after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe, is at the center of the battle for abortion rights. […]

Abortion drug pills and drinking water

Federal judge could decide as soon as February to yank abortion pill nationwide

BY: - January 24, 2023

WASHINGTON — A Texas judge could decide as soon as next month whether to force the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to pull its two-decade-old approval of the abortion pill, which accounts for more than half of pregnancy terminations in the United States.  A nationwide injunction in the case, as requested by anti-abortion groups, would […]

Elaine Benz with (most of) her family on Mother’s Day, 2017.

What I learned from my mom

BY: - January 18, 2023

In January 1995 my mother, Elaine Benz, sent me a newspaper clipping of a letter she had written to the editor of the Milwaukee Journal. She was 70 at the time. I’m pretty sure it was the only one she ever wrote. It was a response to another letter writer who had opined that anyone […]

Wisconsin Supreme Court hears arguments in case over right to take ivermectin

BY: - January 17, 2023

The Wisconsin Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in a case over a COVID-19 patient’s legal right to force a hospital to ignore its own protocols and provide a widely discredited and ineffective treatment.  On Sept 19, 2021, Waukesha County resident John Zingsheim was admitted to Aurora Medical Center-Summit after being diagnosed with COVID-19 three […]

Beverly Swenson (right) invited her neighbor Mary Swanson to the fall-prevention program after Swanson shared that she was looking for a fitness class because she was “getting kind of wobbly.” (Christina Saint Louis/KHN)

Rural seniors benefit from pandemic-driven remote fitness boom

BY: - January 17, 2023

MALMO, Minn. — Eight women, all 73 or older, paced the fellowship hall at Malmo Evangelical Free Church to a rendition of Daniel O’Donnell’s “Rivers of Babylon” as they warmed up for an hourlong fitness class. The women, who live near or on the eastern shore of Mille Lacs Lake, had a variety of reasons […]

After tuition, books, room and board, colleges’ rising health fees hit a nerve

BY: - December 29, 2022

You’ve compared tuition. Reviewed on-campus housing costs. Even digested student meal plan prices. But have you thought about how much your son’s or daughter’s dream school will charge for health coverage? You might be in for a shock. Hawley Montgomery-Downs was thrilled when daughter Bryn Tronco earned a scholarship that pays half the $63,000 annual […]

Squeezed by temp nurse costs, hospital systems create their own staffing agencies

BY: - December 28, 2022

Like many nurses these days, Alex Scala got a big pay hike when she switched jobs recently. Scala also received a welcome mix of assignments when she joined Pittsburgh-based Allegheny Health Network. She signed on with a newly created team that works shifts in various units within the system’s 14 hospitals. After working as a […]

Doctor using electrode on patient in operating theatre. Getty stock photo, simonkr

ER doctors call private equity staffing practices illegal, seek to ban them

BY: - December 22, 2022

A group of emergency physicians and consumer advocates in multiple states are pushing for stiffer enforcement of decades-old statutes that prohibit the ownership of medical practices by corporations not owned by licensed doctors. Thirty-three states plus the District of Columbia have rules on their books against the so-called corporate practice of medicine. But over the […]

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Milwaukee hospital’s plan to close labor and delivery unit comes under fire

BY: - December 21, 2022

A hospital on Milwaukee’s South Side is scheduled to end its labor and delivery services Wednesday, laying off about 20 employees and requiring expectant parents who live in that part of the city to travel farther to give birth. With that action by Ascension St. Francis Hospital, “there will be no labor and delivery services […]

Sen. LaTonya Johnson. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Wisconsin advocates urge Congress to pass maternal health policies

BY: - December 19, 2022

Wisconsin state Sen. LaTonya Johnson (D-Milwaukee) alongside other advocates urged Congress to pass maternal health care provisions in the year-end omnibus bill during a Friday press conference.  The U.S. Senate approved a one week stopgap measure on Thursday, funding the government until Dec. 23. Advocates are using the additional negotiation time as a last chance […]

Dad and baby

Report criticizes counties that continue to claw back Medicaid birth costs

BY: - December 14, 2022

Despite campaigns to end the practice, Wisconsin counties continue to take some unmarried parents to court to repay the cost of their children’s births covered by Medicaid, according to a new report published Wednesday. The report, produced by ABC for Health, states that altogether Wisconsin counties have won legal judgments declaring that unmarried parents owed […]