16 pages have the tag Health Care

    2017

    Last edited: 01/02/2018

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    /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 betti...
    /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: “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 state.  When she went to sign-up for BadgerCare,...
    /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: Help those working hard & 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 work 32 hours a week. I make...
    /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 issue...
    Body: "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...
    /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: “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.” Health insurance, and what Wisconsin should do about it,...
    /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: “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 Legislators, he warned a looming Supreme Court decision “could s...

    Save SeniorCare, Again!

    Last edited: 11/08/2017

    /news/columns/2015/save-seniorcare-again/
    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: “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 perfect for me as I ver...
    /news/columns/2015/people-speak-out-about-consequences-of-budget-decisions/
    Summary: “This is not my cup of tea,” the farmer said quietly as he moved up to the microphone at the Eau Claire budget hearing.
    Body: “This is not my cup of tea,” the farmer said quietly as he moved up to the microphone at the Eau Claire budget hearing. “I’m a UW grad. I’m a farmer. I’m a tech college grad. My kids went to public school. There’s a lot I could talk about today....
    /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   “Whatever you do,” the elderly woman in Gilmanton told me a few years ago, “Keep your government-run hands off my Medicare...
    /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...
    /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 h...
    /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 Ca...
    /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 Wi...
    /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 abs...
    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,...

    Healthcare: What’s Next?

    Last edited: 04/19/2017

    /news/columns/2017/healthcare-what-s-next/
    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 i...