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Ripon hospital to open new mental health unit

A new mental health outpatient stabilization unit will open later this fall at an SSM Health hospital in Ripon. 
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Growing percentage of COVID-19 cases are BA.4.6

BA.4.6 is making up a growing proportion of COVID-19 cases in a six-state region that includes Wisconsin, according to federal data updated Friday. 
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NCQA releases annual health plan rankings

The National Committee for Quality Assurance recently released their annual health plan rankings for Wisconsin. 
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DHS provides updates on ARPA, Family Care MCO acquisitions 

Department of Health Services officials last week gave an update on where the state stands on a series of long-term care initiatives funded by hundreds of millions in federal dollars.
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Insurance CEOs weigh in on affordability 

A three-year extension of enhanced Affordable Care Act subsidies will help stabilize the market and lower costs, CEOs of health plans serving that market said at a Wisconsin Health News event on Tuesday in Milwaukee. 
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Hospitals

ThedaCare, Froedtert & MCW health network partner on speciality care

ThedaCare and Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin health network will work together to boost access to advanced specialty services for northeast and central Wisconsinites by the end of 2022. 
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Legislative

Evers ups EMS grants by $20 million

Gov. Tony Evers said Tuesday his administration will provide $32 million in grants to more than 400 emergency medical services providers, $20 million more than he previously indicated. 
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GOP leaders dismiss Evers’ special session as ‘political stunt’

Top Republican legislative leaders are pouring cold water on Gov. Tony Evers’ call for lawmakers to meet and create a pathway to repeal a 173-year-old law making abortion illegal in most cases. 
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MCOs finish 2021 in the black

The state’s four Family Care managed care organizations ended 2021 in the black, with margins ranging from 3 to 8.7 percent, according to data released last month by the Department of Health Services. 
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