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Biden administration proposes changing how monkeypox vaccine is administered

BY: - August 10, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration began encouraging health care providers Tuesday to change the way they’re administering vaccines to protect against monkeypox, in an attempt to stretch out doses fivefold.  The latest shift in strategy comes as the administration races to curtail the spread of the virus, which jumped from 778 cases one month ago […]

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Report: Kids’ mental health problems increase in Wisconsin, nationwide

BY: - August 9, 2022

Mental health concerns are rising dramatically among Wisconsin children, particularly among children of color, according to a new report released Monday. The experience of Wisconsin kids is echoed nationwide, according to the 2022 Kids Count report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.  The findings reflect what Kids Forward, a Wisconsin research and advocacy group for […]

An electron microscope image, colorized, depicting a monkeypox virus specimen. (Cynthia S. Goldsmith, Russell Regnery | CDC via Wikimedia Commons)

Federal officials declare a public health emergency for monkeypox 

BY: - August 4, 2022

WASHINGTON —  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra announced Thursday a public health emergency for the monkeypox virus, which means the federal government can more quickly assist states with distributing vaccines and conducting testing and public health campaigns.  “We’re prepared to take our response to the next level in addressing this […]

Elaine Benz meets her California-born great grandson, Felix

Records reveal state officials’ response to elder eviction

BY: - August 3, 2022

The head of a state agency charged with enforcing Wisconsin’s rules regarding nursing homes and other residential care facilities was blindsided to learn that unknown others in state government had rescinded citations issued to a Milwaukee-area provider regarding the unlawful eviction of my then-97-year-old mother, Elaine Benz.  “This is news to me that we withdrew […]

Activists urge passage of PACT Act

U.S. Senate in turnaround backs aid for veterans exposed to burn pits

BY: and - August 2, 2022

WASHINGTON —  The U.S. Senate on Tuesday passed bipartisan legislation that would provide health care and benefits to millions of veterans exposed to toxic substances while deployed overseas, after many Republicans switched their votes and decided to once again back the legislation. The shift came after days of protest and vigils outside the U.S. Capitol, […]

Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., with veterans and family members at a press conference outside the U.S. Senate on July 28, 2022, on he PACT Act, which would provide veterans exposed to burn pits with health care and benefits. To the right is Sen, Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. | Photo by Jennifer Shutt, States Newsroom

‘These people don’t care’: U.S. Senate GOP stalls bill for veterans exposed to burn pits

BY: - July 28, 2022

WASHINGTON — Veterans and their advocates gathered outside the U.S. Capitol on Thursday for what was supposed to be a celebration, one day after a crucial Senate vote on bipartisan legislation that would expand health care and benefits to 3.5 million veterans exposed to burn pits during their deployments.  The gathering instead became a forum […]

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U.S. Senate fails to advance burn pits bill for veterans in dispute over spending

BY: - July 28, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate came up short Wednesday in trying to move ahead on legislation that would provide health care and benefits for veterans exposed to burn pits overseas. The bill, from Montana Democratic Sen. John Tester and Kansas Republican Sen. Jerry Moran, has been bogged down for nearly two months as U.S. lawmakers […]

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Manchin and U.S. Senate Democrats strike a deal on major health, climate, tax package

BY: and - July 28, 2022

WASHINGTON — West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin III and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer struck an agreement Wednesday for a Democrats-only reconciliation package that would allow negotiations on some Medicare prescription drugs, end corporate tax loopholes and address climate change as well as invest in energy projects. President Joe Biden in a statement on […]

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Bill guaranteeing right to birth control blocked in U.S. Senate by Republican

BY: - July 28, 2022

WASHINGTON —  U.S. Senate Democrats tried to pass legislation Wednesday that would guarantee women can continue using contraception if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the long-standing precedent, the way it did with abortion.  But Iowa Republican Sen. Joni Ernst blocked their efforts by objecting to Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Ed Markey’s request for unanimous consent to […]

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Why declaring monkeypox a global health emergency is a preventative step — not a reason for panic

BY: - July 27, 2022

Countries that are members of the United Nations are obligated to report cases of unusual diseases that have the potential to become global health threats. In May 2022, more than a dozen countries in Europe, the Americas and other regions of the world that had never before had cases of monkeypox started to report cases […]

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New mental health drop-in center opens in Menomonie

BY: - July 27, 2022

A new drop-in center offering mental health support for adults has opened in Menomonie. Managed by the Wisconsin Milkweed Alliance, the Kaleidoscope Center received a $30,000 peer recovery center grant last year from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS). “We’re pleased to partner with Wisconsin Milkweed Alliance to add another location to Wisconsin’s network […]

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Masking recommended again as COVID-19 rises anew in Wisconsin

BY: - July 23, 2022

Nearly 2.6 million Wisconsin residents live in counties where COVID-19 numbers and hospitalizations are high enough that federal guidelines call for everyone to wear masks indoors away from home. Sixteen counties in the state, including the three most populous, have a “high community level” of COVID-19 under standards set by the Centers for Disease Control […]