31 pages have the tag Health Care

  • /news/columns/2014/use-new-federal-money-for-badgercare/
    Summary “My twin sister lives in La Crosse... I’d love to visit her but when I get all the bills paid, I don’t even have $20 for gas to get me there and back,” Mary said. “And, I don’t have any health insurance. What if something happened to one of us?”
    Body Use New Federal Money for BadgerCare Help those working hard and help lower others’ premium costs “I’m so glad to see you,” Mary from Eau Claire told me at a recent neighborhood gathering. I asked how she was doing. “It’s hard,” she admitted. “I...
  • Where’s My Ride?

    Last edited: 04/17/2018

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    Summary “We waited and the ride never came,” said one disabled man. “I was so cold” another woman said. “They said the heater in the van didn’t work.”
    Body Where’s My Ride? “We waited and the ride never came,” said one disabled man. “I was so cold” another woman said. “They said the heater in the van didn’t work.” Some time ago residents in Black River Falls shared with me their complaints about non...
  • /news/columns/2014/window-closing-for-health-insurance-sign-up-now/
    Summary March 31st is the last day to sign up for Marketplace insurance coverage in 2014. If you don’t sign up now, you won’t be able to buy private health insurance for 2014 – even if you need insurance.
    Body Window Closing for Health Insurance: Sign Up Now! “I was getting the run-around,” the Eau Claire woman told me. She tried to get health insurance through the federal healthcare.gov website and was told she was eligible for Medicaid coverage in her...
  • /news/columns/2015/state-health-marketplace-needed-to-protect-wisconsinites/
    Summary Many Wisconsinites are waiting to hear if they will still be able to afford their health insurance bill.
    Body State Health Marketplace Needed to Protect Wisconsinites “Wisconsin has relied heavily on the exchange to expand health insurance coverage,” wrote President Eric Borgerding of the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA). In a recent letter to Legisla...
  • /news/columns/2015/advocacy-gives-voice-to-the-voiceless-families-support-family-care-and-iris/
    Summary I remember when I first met a man I’ll call ‘Ron’. He came to my office with his caregiver. He couldn’t speak but used a speech synthesizer and an iPad to introduce himself.
    Body Advocacy Gives Voice to the Voiceless - Families Support Family Care and IRIS I remember when I first met a man I’ll call ‘Ron’. He came to my office with his caregiver. He couldn’t speak but used a speech synthesizer and an iPad to introduce hims...
  • /news/columns/2015/audit-affirms-complaints-but-also-satisfaction-with-non-emergency-medical-transportation-program/
    Summary Last April I wrote about many complaints I received concerning rides to medical appointments for folks in BadgerCare and other Medicaid programs.
    Body Audit Affirms Complaints but also Satisfaction with Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Program Last April I wrote about many complaints I received concerning rides to medical appointments for folks in BadgerCare and other Medicaid programs. P...
  • /news/columns/2015/audit-shows-riders-received-poor-services/
    Summary “Just how many ‘no shows’ are acceptable?” I asked Medicaid Director Kevin Moore at a recent Audit Committee Hearing. “Is 4,154 people left without a ride too many?”
    Body Elderly and disabled stranded when company did not deliver rides “Just how many ‘no shows’ are acceptable?” I asked Medicaid Director Kevin Moore at a recent Audit Committee Hearing. “Is 4,154 people left without a ride too many?” Wisconsin needs...
  • /news/columns/2016/birth-life-and-death-of-a-bad-idea/
    Summary “No one had any inkling this was happening,” Michael Blumenfeld told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “We are just scratching our heads. Why would you do this?” Mr. Blumenfeld spoke for the Wisconsin Family Care Association in early spring of 2015.
    Body Birth, Life and Death of a Bad Idea “No one had any inkling this was happening,” Michael Blumenfeld told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “We are just scratching our heads. Why would you do this?” Mr. Blumenfeld spoke for the Wisconsin Family Care ...
  • One Step Moves Us Forward

    Last edited: 03/21/2018

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    Summary “Lord willing, and the creek don’t rise, I’ll see you Tuesday.” I said as I left the office in Madison.
    Body One Step Moves Us Forward “Lord willing, and the creek don’t rise, I’ll see you Tuesday.” I said as I left the office in Madison. By the next day, the creek at the base of my farm’s steep driveway had risen over the road. The rushing water cut a ch...
  • /news/columns/2015/medicare-and-medicaid-turn-50-born-from-compromise-continuing-in-controversy/
    Summary Watch: Medicare and Medicaid at 50The Story of Medicare: A Timeline
    Body View video: Medicare and Medicaid at 50 View video: The Story of Medicare: A Timeline Source: Kaiser Family Foundation   Medicare and Medicaid Turn 50: Born from Compromise, Continuing in Controversy “Whatever you do,” the elderly woman in Gil...
  • Save SeniorCare, Again!

    Last edited: 03/21/2018

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    Summary “Please do what you can to keep SeniorCare as is. It is critical to those of us on it.” wrote a rural Buffalo County woman.
    Body Save SeniorCare, Again! “Please do what you can to keep SeniorCare as is. It is critical to those of us on it.” wrote a rural Buffalo County woman. “I will be 70 years old in a couple of months and not on any prescription medicines. SeniorCare is...
  • /news/columns/2014/fair-goers-living-with-health-insurance-changes-asking-for-more/
    Summary “The Affordable Care Act has been godsend for me,” the middle-aged, single man whispered to me at the Jackson County Fair. “I had paid $336 a month, now I pay $56 and its better insurance.”
    Body Fair-Goers Living with Health Insurance Changes, Asking for More “The Affordable Care Act has been godsend for me,” the middle-aged, single man whispered to me at the Jackson County Fair. “I had paid $336 a month, now I pay $56 and its better insu...
  • /news/columns/2013/health-insurance-problems-need-solutions-not-false-choices/
    Summary “What are you going to do for health insurance?” I asked. “I don’t know.” Sam told me. It was a conversation I’ve had a thousand times since I became a Senator almost seven years ago. What was unique was the setting: I met Sam in an ambulance.
    Body Health Insurance Problems Need Solutions Not False Choices “What are you going to do for health insurance?” I asked. “I don’t know.” Sam told me. It was a conversation I’ve had a thousand times since I became a Senator almost seven years ago. Wha...
  • /news/columns/2013/why-do-minnesotans-pay-less-for-health-care-than-wisconsinites/
    Summary …the average lowest monthly premiums in the 36 states reporting numbers was $249 for a Bronze Plan. The average cost for this plan in Wisconsin was $38 more than the national average… In Minnesota, a similar plan was $144 a month…
    Body Why do Minnesotans Pay Less for Health Care than Wisconsinites? “Why is Minnesota paying less for health insurance than Wisconsin?” the doctor asked me.  He was one of many to say lawmakers better get to work to lower insurance costs. Many people...
  • /news/press-releases/2015/affordable-care-act-is-here-to-stay/
    Summary “A majority of Supreme Court justices reaffirmed what Congress intended – ACA subsidies are meant for every state. The decision is a victory for thousands of hard working families across our state.”
    Body Affordable Care Act is Here to Stay MADISON- The United States Supreme Court upheld health insurance premium assistance for Wisconsin. Senator Kathleen Vinehout (D-Alma) responded saying, “Supreme Court action is further evidence the Affordable C...
  • /news/press-releases/2015/wisconsin-needs-its-own-health-insurance-marketplace/
    Summary “Hard-working Wisconsin families will lose health insurance premium credits if the Supreme Court rules in favor of the plaintiffs,” explained Vinehout. “Wisconsin can avert this crisis by creating its own state-based Marketplace.”
    Body Wisconsin Needs Its Own Health Insurance Marketplace (MADISON) Senator Kathleen Vinehout unveiled a plan to create a state-based Health Insurance Marketplace as United States Supreme Court Justices opened arguments on a case that could strip Wisco...
  • /news/press-releases/2015/wisconsinites-speak-out-to-save-seniorcare/
    Summary “The people of Wisconsin told us in no uncertain terms, Save SeniorCare… People all over the state are calling on the legislature to preserve SeniorCare just as it is with no fee increase or limitations on enrollment.”
    Body Wisconsinites Speak Out to Save SeniorCare “The people of Wisconsin told us in no uncertain terms, Save SeniorCare!” said State Senator Kathleen Vinehout (D-Alma).  “People all over the state are calling on the legislature to preserve SeniorCare j...
  • /news/columns/2013/new-health-insurance-marketplace-sign-up-now/
    Summary Now is the time to sign-up for health insurance! If you buy your own insurance or are uninsured, you will want to know about the Health Insurance Marketplace.
    Body New Health Insurance Marketplace: Sign-up Now! Now is the time to sign-up for health insurance! If you buy your own insurance or are uninsured, you will want to know about the Health Insurance Marketplace. If you or someone you know receives cove...
  • /news/columns/2013/medicaid-plan-do-lawmakers-really-know-all-the-details/
    Summary “We want to make things better,” one of the Finance Committee members recently told his colleagues. This Medicaid plan, he said, “Protects taxpayers, strengthens the safety net and lowers total cost to taxpayers.”
    Body Medicaid Plan: Do Lawmakers Really Know All the Details? “We want to make things better,” one of the Finance Committee members recently told his colleagues. This Medicaid plan, he said, “Protects taxpayers, strengthens the safety net and lowers to...
  • /news/columns/2013/medicaid-expansion-the-high-cost-of-ideology/
    Summary What if you were faced with a choice: stick to your beliefs, lose money and help fewer people. Or take the practical road, help more people and gain more money?
    Body Medicaid Expansion The High Cost of Ideology What if you were faced with a choice: stick to your beliefs, lose money and help fewer people. Or take the practical road, help more people and gain more money? Such a quandary faces state leaders oppo...
  • /news/columns/2013/health-insurance-big-changes-happening/
    Summary ... Open enrollment will begin October 1st for a new competitive Health Insurance Marketplace for small businesses and those who buy insurance on their own. Health plans will go into effect in January 2014
    Body Health Insurance: Big Changes Happening “What am I going to do about health insurance?” the woman at the picnic recently asked me. She had no health insurance and had several health problems. In the next several weeks big changes are happening re...
  • /news/columns/2013/health-insurance-1-challenge-to-small-business-owners/
    Summary “What is the most important challenge facing your business today?” asked a recent survey from the Governor’s Office.
    Body Health Insurance: #1 Challenge to Small Business Owners “What is the most important challenge facing your business today?” asked a recent survey from the Governor’s Office. The answer? Health insurance. Tied in first place with “decreased demand....
  • /news/columns/2013/affordable-health-care-no-one-should-fall-through-the-cracks/
    Summary A focus on solutions could make a special legislative session on health insurance a success.
    Body Affordable Health Care: No One Should Fall Through the Cracks A focus on solutions could make a special legislative session on health insurance a success. Governor Walker recently told the Associated Press “We want to make sure nobody falls throu...
  • Looking for Answers

    Last edited: 03/06/2018

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    Summary What’s going on with Medicaid spending? Where is the money going? Is health care really costing that much more?
    Body Looking for Answers Medicaid is the joint federal-state program that pays hospitals, doctors, nursing homes and other health professionals to provide care for low-income families, including frail elderly persons and individuals with disabilities. It...
  • /news/columns/2014/health-advocates-inform-and-challenge-lawmakers/
    Summary "YOU are the reason why we were so successful…” Eric Borgerding of the Wisconsin Hospital Association told the health advocates. "You are extremely effective in communicating with and educating your legislators on local health care issues."
    Body Health Advocates Inform and Challenge Lawmakers "YOU are the reason why we were so successful…” Eric Borgerding of the Wisconsin Hospital Association told the health advocates. "You are extremely effective in communicating with and educating your ...
  • /news/columns/2017/emergency-medical-workers-in-new-community-role/
    Summary A new law makes it possible for emergency medical personnel to perform basic health care for people in their homes.
    Body Emergency Medical Workers in New Community Role “We had a patient who called us at least once a week,” a local Emergency Medical Director told me. “We took him to the hospital, but, what if we could take care of him at home.” A new law makes it pos...
  • /news/columns/2015/health-still-a-top-political-issue/
    Summary “ObamaCare must be repealed immediately,” begins Governor Walker’s health plan for America.
    Body Health Still a Top Political Issue “ObamaCare must be repealed immediately,” begins Governor Walker’s health plan for America. Recently the governor unveiled his health plan to eliminate the Affordable Care Act (ACA). He chose Minnesota as the ba...
  • /news/columns/2017/confusing-health-coverage-dominates-thanksgiving-conversations/
    Summary “My family conversations over Thanksgiving were all about health care,” Mary shared with me. “It’s all so confusing.”
    Body Confusing Health Coverage Dominates Thanksgiving Conversations “My family conversations over Thanksgiving were all about health care,” Mary shared with me. “It’s all so confusing.” Mary’s family is not alone. From recent conversations, I’m betting ...
  • /news/columns/2017/talk-is-all-health-care-at-the-art-fair/
    Summary “My father-in-law is losing his health insurance,” Pam told me. She stopped to chat as we perused the booths at the Stockholm Art Fair.
    Body Talk Is All Health Care at the Art Fair “My father-in-law is losing his health insurance,” Pam told me. She stopped to chat as we perused the booths at the Stockholm Art Fair. Stockholm, population 66, has one of the best art fairs in western Wisco...
  • /news/columns/2017/health-care-steps-toward-the-future/
    Summary An older man contacted me recently with a problem. A visit to the doctor left him with thousands in unpaid bills. Medicare deemed the tests “routine” and not a “medical necessity.” But the gentleman was told, for his occupation, the tests were absolu...
    Body Health Care: Steps Toward the Future An older man contacted me recently with a problem. A visit to the doctor left him with thousands in unpaid bills. Medicare deemed the tests “routine” and not a “medical necessity.” But the gentleman was told, for...
  • Healthcare: What’s Next?

    Last edited: 11/09/2017

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    Summary “Obamacare is the law of the land,” House Speaker Paul Ryan told the nation. “We’re going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future.”
    Body   Healthcare: What’s Next? “Obamacare is the law of the land,” House Speaker Paul Ryan told the nation. “We’re going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future.” The much-maligned Affordable Care Act (ACA) passed in 2010 will stay in p...