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Budget committee approves work requirements for Medicaid

Republicans on the Joint Finance Committee approved a wide-ranging omnibus motion Thursday night that, among other things, inserts legislative oversight over Gov. Scott Walker's plan to impose work requirements for Medicaid, nearly doubles payments to hospitals that serve a large share of low-income individuals and expands Family Care Partnership statewide.
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Health systems come together on mental health

A year after Milwaukee health systems passed on a plan to take over inpatient and emergency room services currently offered by the aging Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex, Ascension Wisconsin is teaming up with Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and Rogers Behavioral Health on a proposal to treat children, adolescents and adults.
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Pharmacy board opposes attempts to repeal minimum markup law

The Wisconsin Pharmacy Examining Board opposes any attempt to repeal state law that bans the sale of products below cost, including over-the-counter medications and prescriptions, according to a letter sent to lawmakers May 8.
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The Medicare Part D prescription drug plan at WPS Health Insurance received the best audit score in the nation for 2016, according to a new report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). CMS conducted 37...

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Analysis: Wisconsin Medicaid waiver has components never approved by feds

Wisconsin's plan to drug screen childless adults in Medicaid, require them to work and cap the amount of time they can receive benefits have never been approved by the federal government, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis released last week.
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Wisconsin doctor first in nation to get license through interstate compact

The first doctor in the nation to receive a new type of license that allows its holder to practice in multiple states had their primary licensure in Wisconsin, according to the executive director of the state's Medical Examining Board.
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Bill would give state more tools to combat meth use

Lawmakers are considering a new tool to fight meth use by having pharmacies, retailers and others electronically log the sale of over-the-counter cold and allergy medicines that contain an ingredient used to create the drug.
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