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Baldwin, Johnson split on IVF vote

Wisconsin’s two U.S. senators were on opposite sides of a vote Thursday that blocked legislation that would codify a right to access fertility treatments like in vitro fertilization. 
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Ascension says files stolen during ransomware attack may have patient data

Ascension has no evidence those behind a recent ransomware attack took data from its electronic health records and other clinical systems, but the attackers did take files from a “small number of file servers” that may have patient data, a spokesperson said this week. 
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ACLU sues state prison system to offer program to new moms

The American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin this week sued to force the state’s prison system to offer incarcerated mothers the chance to participate in a program letting them parent their newborns with special accommodations.
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Lawmakers approve UW Health’s bonding request

The Joint Finance Committee approved UW Health’s plans to secure up to $325 million in bonds for construction at two Madison hospitals, according to a Wednesday letter.
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State will see $15.8 million from Johnson & Johnson settlement

The Wisconsin Department of Justice said Wednesday the state will receive $15.8 million from a settlement with Johnson & Johnson that resolves allegations the pharmaceutical company misled consumers about the safety of some talcum powder products, including baby and body powder. 
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DHS submits implementation plan for ending ‘IMD exclusion’

State health officials said Wednesday they’ll seek federal approval by the start of next year to expand Medicaid’s ability to cover short-term inpatient psychiatric hospital stays. 
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State employee health plan rates set to rise

Premium rates for the state employee health plan will rise next year, after the board overseeing the program acted last week to shore up reserves.  
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Poll: Majority backs 15-week abortion ban 

A majority of registered voters in Wisconsin favor a national ban on abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy with exceptions for sexual assault, incest and the life and health of the mother, according to a Marquette Law School Poll released Wednesday. 
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Can Wisconsin become a global tech hub for biohealth? Experts weigh in.

A consortium of Wisconsin academic medical centers, manufacturers and workforce development organizations are eagerly awaiting word on whether President Joe Biden’s administration will award them up to $75 million to grow the region’s personalized medicine and biohealth industries. 

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Ascension restores EHR access in Wisconsin 

Ascension Wisconsin restored electronic health record access on Monday, after the system went offline following a ransomware attack a month ago. 
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DHS funds adult crisis stabilization facilities

The Department of Health Services is funding five new facilities for those in mental health crises who can’t stay in their community safely but do not need hospitalization. 
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