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Walker officially asks for Medicaid changes

Gov. Scott Walker's Department of Health Services officially asked the federal government Wednesday to allow Wisconsin to become the first state to drug screen adult Medicaid enrollees without children. The waiver amendment also caps eligibility, imposes work requirements and charges premiums to members living below the poverty line.
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Report: Rural areas in Wisconsin depend more on Medicaid than urban areas

Image courtesy of Wisconsin Council on Children and Families. Wisconsinites living in rural areas and small towns depend more on Medicaid than those who live in big cities, according to a new report released Wednesday. The Georgetown University Center for Children and Families and the University of North Carolina Rural Health Research Program found that […]

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Chiropractors, physical therapists laud JFC action to develop Medicaid pilot program

Organizations representing Wisconsin chiropractors and physical therapists back a budget provision approved by the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee that would require the state’s health department to develop a pilot program promoting the use of chiropractic care as well as physical and occupational therapy to treat pain.

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DHS delays Medicaid waiver

The Department of Health Services has delayed the submission of a waiver that would make the state the first in the country to drug test Medicaid enrollees. It would also impose work requirements, cap eligibility and charge premiums for members living in poverty.
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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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Medicaid approves additional treatments for opioid addiction

Image: Sen. Van Wanggaard, R-Racine, testifies before the committee. The state added an additional opioid-addiction treatment to its preferred list for Medicaid patients Wednesday, after law enforcement and legislators raised concerns about a current preferred drug that they say is being smuggled into jails. The Medicaid Pharmacy Prior Authorization Advisory Committee classified the medication Zubsolv, […]

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