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Walker set to veto Group Insurance Board changes

Gov. Scott Walker said Wednesday that he will veto 99 items in the state budget, including provisions that would increase legislative oversight of the state employee health plan.
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Marquette University targeting healthcare programs, new facilities

Marquette University is working on providing new degree programs and building facilities that target the healthcare industry, the university's president told members of the Wisconsin Tech Council last week in Milwaukee.
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Uncompensated care up at Wisconsin hospitals

Wisconsin hospitals provided $994.2 million in uncompensated care during fiscal year 2016, an increase of 8.2 percent from the previous year, according to a new report from the Wisconsin Hospital Association Information Center.
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Community health centers approach federal funding cliff

Community health centers are facing what they call a funding cliff as a stream of federal money will dry up unless Congress acts by the end of the month.
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State receives federal funding to support trauma-informed care efforts

The Department of Children and Families has received a $1.8 million federal grant to continue its work with others to train mental health clinicians and support the adoption of trauma-informed care across the state.
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Researchers study real-time flu surveillance

High-tech flu surveillance within clinics can accurately track, in real time, early flu activity, peak season and the end of the flu season, according to University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health researchers.

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Assembly approves budget with care coordination pilot project funding

The Assembly has approved the state's 2017-19 budget, including a provision added by the budget-writing committee that aims to save money through coordinating the care of high utilizers of emergency rooms.
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Security: Partnership with Mayo will fill gap left by Health Tradition closure

Marshfield Clinic Health System-owned Security Health Plan's new partnership with Mayo Clinic Health System in western Wisconsin has been years in the making and will help create a "soft landing" for Health Tradition Health Plan members as Mayo winds down its health plan, according to Marty Anderson, Security's chief marketing officer.
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Turney calls on lawmakers to fund CSR, reinsurance and outreach

Congress should continue cost-sharing reduction payments, re-establish a reinsurance program and fund outreach to stabilize the individual market, the head of the Marshfield Clinic Health System told federal lawmakers last week.
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Covering Wisconsin faces 42 percent cut in federal funding

The state's largest navigator agency will receive nearly $575,000 from the federal government to help consumers sign up for coverage this enrollment period, about a 42 percent reduction from last year.
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