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OCI seeks additional staff in next state budget

The Office of the Commissioner of Insurance is seeking additional staff in the 2023-25 budget, given increased workload due to a growing insurance industry and the need to meet new responsibilities. 
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Pocan brings back measure to rename Medicare Advantage plans 

U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Black Earth, has brought back legislation that would rename Medicare Advantage plans, bar private insurers from using Medicare in plan titles and impose fines on carriers that do. 
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State requires meningitis vaccination for seventh graders

Wisconsin students entering seventh grade this fall will have to get the vaccines for meningitis and whooping cough, according to the Department of Health Services.
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DHS details plan to redistribute Medicaid renewal dates

The Department of Health Services plans to distribute Medicaid renewal dates as evenly as possible over the year after redeterminations start in June, a DHS official said last week. 
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RIP Medical Debt CEO talks plan for Milwaukee County

Last week, a Milwaukee County task force endorsed a plan that could erase an estimated $153 million in medical debt held by around 67,000 residents.
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Governor’s Health Equity Council releases final report 

The Governor’s Health Equity Council released its final report Monday, detailing its plan for the state to address health gaps that Wisconsinites experience based on where they live, their income or their race and ethnic identity. 
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DHS expects $8 million in opioid settlement funds this year 

The Department of Health Services expects to receive $8 million in opioid settlement funds this year through an agreement with three drug distributors and a drug company, per a Thursday statement. 
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