Monday, October 15, 2012


Fewer People on BadgerCare, Wisconsin Public Radio, Oct. 15, 2012
Changes designed to pare back Wisconsin's Medicaid programs are having an effect on enrollment. Critics say participation in BadgerCare is "plummeting."

SeniorCare One Step Closer to Renewal, Wisconsin Department of Health Services Press Release, Oct. 15, 2012
Secretary Dennis G. Smith today announced the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) certified that Wisconsin’s SeniorCare application met the requirements for complete application and advanced to the next phase of the approval process.

Announcement of Solicitation of Written Comments on Modifications of Healthy People 2020 Objectives, Federal Register, Oct. 15, 2012
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) solicits written comments regarding new objectives proposed to be added to Healthy People 2020 since its launch in December 2010 and written comments proposing new objectives to be included within existing Healthy People 2020 Topic Areas.

Safety-Net Hospitals Brace For Cut To Federal Subsidies, Kaiser Health News, Oct. 14, 2012
For more than 20 years, hospitals have relied on subsidies provided by the federal government to help defray those costs. But that funding is set to decline starting in 2014 with the full implementation of the federal health law.

FAQ: The Health Law And Coverage For Immigrants, Kaiser Health News, Oct. 11, 2012
The U.S. is home to more than 21 million immigrants who are not citizens, and for many of them, health coverage is a concern. That is partly because so many of these immigrants, both those who came here legally and those who do not have permission to live in the United States, work in lower wage jobs that don’t include health coverage.

BadgerCare Plus Enrollment Plummets by Over 16,000, ABC for Health, Oct. 9, 2012
The BadgerCare Plus enrollment numbers for August and September 2012 were finally published by the state Department of Health Services, revealing a precipitous decline in enrollment for Wisconsin’s health care programs.

Americans Making Fewer Visits to the Doctor, Wisconsin Public Radio, Oct. 9, 2012
Americans are going to the doctor less often than they were 10 years ago. A census report says lack of insurance may be one reason why. And according to one Wisconsin health co-op, even those with insurance have not increased their trips to the doctor.

Man dies after frustration with state-funded ride provider, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Oct. 6, 2012
The fight against cancer and kidney failure was more than enough of a burden for Jim Barry. But it was the lack of rides to treatment after LogistiCare took over that ultimately did him in, according to family and friends.

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