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Author: Jack Kelly

US DOJ awards opioid treatment grants

The federal Department of Justice has awarded around $9.8 million to Wisconsin’s government, local governments, tribes and others to help fight the opioid epidemic. The money, announced at the beginning of the month, targets a range of activities, including prevention, treatment and enforcement efforts. The state’s Department of Justice is receiving $1.3 million to help […]

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Carroll University receives $2.9 million for allied health professionals program

Carroll University has received a $2.9 million federal grant to help increase the number of healthcare workers in underserved communities. Caroll will use the five-year grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration to create the National Health Careers Opportunity Program Academy. The university will work with United Community Center and the School District of […]

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Jury awards $780,000 to UW transgender employees

A jury has awarded two University of Wisconsin employees $780,000 in damages after a court ruled last month that a policy barring the state employee health plan from covering gender confirmation surgery violated federal law and the U.S. Constitution, according to a Thursday statement. The Group Insurance Board voted in August to reverse the exclusion […]

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Baldwin, Vukmir clash on future of healthcare

Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., and Republican challenger state Sen. Leah Vukmir, R-Brookfield, sparred over healthcare during their first televised debate Monday night. Baldwin defended her support of a Medicare for All proposal, despite some studies showing it would cost $32 trillion over the next decade. She said “doing nothing would cost more.” Baldwin added that […]

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Evers proposes drug pricing plan

State Superintendent Tony Evers, the Democratic nominee for governor, unveiled a plan Monday to tackle prescription drug costs. Evers proposed creating a “consumer watchdog to prevent price gouging and review pharmaceutical drug price increases.” He said he’d create a prescription drug price review board to review price increases, fine violators for excessive increases and refund […]

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Himebauch serving as interim Medicaid director

Casey Himebauch is now serving as interim Medicaid director after the former head of the program resigned, a Department of Health Services spokesperson said Monday. Himebauch was deputy Medicaid director. Heather Smith, who led the program, left the department to work on Gov. Scott Walker’s re-election campaign, where she’s helping with messaging and debate prep. […]

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Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin looks to shift services to Greenfield clinic

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is planning to shift outpatient orthopedic services to its Greenfield clinic, according to documents submitted to the city’s plan commission. The provider is proposing a 20,050-square-foot addition to the Greenway Medical Complex. It plans to rename the facility Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Greenfield Clinic. “The project will expand access and convenience […]

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