Tuesday, July 2, 2013


The Department of Health Services seeks your input on its Core Plan Waiver Request. Three "town halls" are scheduled--none for Madison and none for the northern half of the state.

Scott Walker makes 57 vetoes, signs $68 billion Wisconsin budget, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, June 30, 2013
Governor Walker signed the state budget into law on Sunday, making notable vetoes on bounty hunters and the Center for Investigative Journalism, but not on Medicaid, sticking to his original health care proposal.

Obamacare 1.0: States brace for Web barrage when reform goes live, Reuters, June 30, 2013
What happens when everyone in the US logs on to "healthreform.gov" at the same time on October 1? Server meltdown or health care for all?

How Much Will Obamacare Cost?, Politico, June 28, 2013
This is the summer when the country will find out just how "affordable" the Affordable Care Act will be. There's been a sneak peek this spring, when states started to reveal health insurers' proposed rates for 2014, the first year insurers can no longer turn away sick patients and must offer a more robust set of benefits to everyone.

Big Changes Ahead for Those Who Buy Their Own Insurance, Kaiser Health News, June 28, 2013
Most of the debate about how the health law will change the individual market has centered on whether consumers will experience 'rate shock' from higher premiums when key changes go into effect next year. But there's a flip side: new rules that broaden benefits, prohibit discrimination against those with health issues and cap consumers' out-of-pocket costs.

Low-income Americans who live in states that have decided not to expand Medicaid eligibility will not face penalties if they fail to buy insurance next year. That's according to a final rule on exemptions to the health law's individual mandate – the law's controversial requirement that most Americans have health coverage or pay a penalty in 2014. That rule was published Wednesday.

State 2nd worst in poor kids' dental care, Journal Sentinel, June 25, 2013
In Wisconsin, 71.5% of Medicaid-enrolled kids did not see a dentist in 2011 — second only to Florida, where three-fourths of Medicaid-enrolled kids didn't get dental care that year.

As many as one in five children in the United States suffer from a mental disorder in a given year, according to national data recently compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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