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Staycations More Likely on Memorial Day?

Staycations More Likely on Memorial Day?

State destinations like Door County, Wisconsin Dells not sure what to expect.

Wear A Mask, Public Heath Officials Say

Wear A Mask, Public Heath Officials Say

Now that Evers' Safer-At-Home has ended, health officials plead with the public to take precautions on their own.

National Pandemic Study Includes State Families

National Pandemic Study Includes State Families

Studying children, how likely to get infected, show symptoms, spread disease.

State Releases Guidelines for Businesses to Use Once Reopened

State Releases Guidelines for Businesses to Use Once Reopened

Guidelines include general advice and industry specific recommendations.

Businesses Prepare for Possible Re-Opening

Businesses Prepare for Possible Re-Opening

State hangs in the balance while Supreme Court deliberates Safer-At-Home order.

Froedtert Hospital Testing Remdesivir

Froedtert Hospital Testing Remdesivir

10 patients infected with COVID-19 will be treated with drug as part of nationwide study.

Some Non-Essential Businesses Can Open

Some Non-Essential Businesses Can Open

Evers order says dog groomers, small engine repair, upholsterers, others can reopen with precautions.

Hospitals Begin Rescheduling Surgeries Postponed During Pandemic

Hospitals Begin Rescheduling Surgeries Postponed During Pandemic

Medical care not deemed essential was halted in mid-March, saving hospital capacity for COVID-19 patients.

State Still Reviewing Triage Guidelines for Ventilators

State Still Reviewing Triage Guidelines for Ventilators

Committee has more time to decide how scarce medical equipment will be used.

Healthcare Workers Want PPE, Sick Pay, Hazard Pay

Healthcare Workers Want PPE, Sick Pay, Hazard Pay

17 percent of COVID-19 cases statewide are healthcare workers. They are calling on the Legislature to help them.

Officials Drafting Guidelines for a Ventilator Shortage

Officials Drafting Guidelines for a Ventilator Shortage

Who gets a life saving ventilator and who doesn't?

19 Cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin

19 Cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin

Two in Milwaukee County. State’s total up to 19 as of Friday

Kaul Calls for More Gun Safety Laws

Kaul Calls for More Gun Safety Laws

Molson Coors shootings reignite debate over background checks, red flag laws.

Bill Addressing High Drug Prices Advances

Bill Addressing High Drug Prices Advances

Assembly will take up bipartisan legislation, amendments, on Tuesday.

GOP Pushes Fetal Personhood

GOP Pushes Fetal Personhood

Republican legislators introduce an amendment to the state constitution that gives personhood to fertilized eggs.

State Voters Lean Against Medicare for All

State Voters Lean Against Medicare for All

Poll shows 47% prefer it while 53% prefer improving Affordable Care Act.

CBD Oil Products Rising in Popularity

CBD Oil Products Rising in Popularity

Sold in everything from lotion to beer to e-cigarettes. Regulators, researchers worry it's gone too far.

Why State’s Birth Rate Is Falling

Why State’s Birth Rate Is Falling

Lowest rate in 44 years. Several reasons, experts say.

Rise in Pot Vaping by Teens

Rise in Pot Vaping by Teens

Use has doubled in two years nationally. Schools in state see rising problem.

State’s Birth Rate Hits Historic Low

State’s Birth Rate Hits Historic Low

Down 12% since 2007, lowest since 1970s.

Evers Vetos Bill on Nursing Assistants

Evers Vetos Bill on Nursing Assistants

Would cut required training hours to get certified. Opponents say it would hurt patients.

Bill Raises Age to Buy Tobacco to 21

Bill Raises Age to Buy Tobacco to 21

Doctors, school officials support raising age to buy e-cigarettes, tobacco products.

Evers Pushes Action on Water Quality

Evers Pushes Action on Water Quality

After 13 public hearings across state, water quality policy proposals are being drafted.

Too Many Wisconsinites Without Health Insurance

Too Many Wisconsinites Without Health Insurance

Evers' Health Secretary funding effort to increase number of insured.

77% Of E-Cigarette Illness Involved THC Cartridges

77% Of E-Cigarette Illness Involved THC Cartridges

Federal officials say most cases involved THC cartridges, but still no information on what exactly is causing the damage.

Millions In Health Care Refunds Going Out

Millions In Health Care Refunds Going Out

Insurance market improving thanks to state reinsurance program.

Evers Wants Gun Laws

Evers Wants Gun Laws

Governor said he would call a special session if Republicans don't act.

State Sees Rise in Unpaid Medical Bills

State Sees Rise in Unpaid Medical Bills

1.2 billion uncompensated care In 2018, up 7.6% from 2017, says Wisconsin Hospital Association.

Vaping-Related Lung Diseases Surging

Vaping-Related Lung Diseases Surging

450 suspected cases of lung disease in 33 states, including 46 in Wisconsin.

State Home Construction Lags Behind Economy

State Home Construction Lags Behind Economy

Study says new home construction trails rate of inflation, stalling growth in property taxes.

WE Energies Won’t Demand Solar Surcharge

WE Energies Won’t Demand Solar Surcharge

Company backs off after announcing its settlement with RENEW Wisconsin.

Bill Addresses “Staggering” Cost of Diabetes

Bill Addresses “Staggering” Cost of Diabetes

Estimated $5.5 billion annual cost for state, 40% of residents projected to get disease.

State Rewards Top Child Care Centers

State Rewards Top Child Care Centers

Department Of Children And Families now gives higher payments to higher rated providers.

School Groups Divided About State Budget

School Groups Divided About State Budget

Happy Evers increased spending, but it’s still short of what’s needed, they say.

Evers Seeks Ways to Expand Health Coverage

Evers Seeks Ways to Expand Health Coverage

Governor wants to get more people insurance coverage beyond Medicaid expansion Republicans oppose.

State’s Middle Class Hasn’t Rebounded

State’s Middle Class Hasn’t Rebounded

Study finds 55.7% of state’s households are middle-income, down from 59.7% in 2000.

State To Cover Workers’ Weight-Loss Surgery

State To Cover Workers’ Weight-Loss Surgery

Wisconsin will pay for bariatric surgery for state employees starting in 2020.

Survey Shows Public Workers Delay Health Care

Survey Shows Public Workers Delay Health Care

Nearly one-third of state’s public employees said they skipped a test or treatment due to deductible costs.

Democrats Push Automatic Voter Registration

Democrats Push Automatic Voter Registration

All would be registered when getting drivers license or state ID. Republicans oppose bill.

State Filing Suit Against Opioid Manufacturer

State Filing Suit Against Opioid Manufacturer

AG Josh Kaul alleges Purdue Pharma ignited the epidemic of drug overdoses, deaths related to Oxycontin use.

GOP Defends Anti-Abortion Bills

GOP Defends Anti-Abortion Bills

Bill offers more restrictions on abortions. Medical professionals oppose legislation.

Bill Allows Pharmacists to Vaccinate Children

Bill Allows Pharmacists to Vaccinate Children

In reaction to measles outbreak, lawmakers look to strengthen state’s response.

Bill Speeds Up Health Insurance Appeals

Bill Speeds Up Health Insurance Appeals

Legislators consider bill in response to citizens' complaints about "step therapy," delays in getting needed pain medicine.

GOP Bill Targets Race, Sex-Based Abortions

GOP Bill Targets Race, Sex-Based Abortions

Doctors punished for abortions done solely because of race, ancestry, sex, conditions like Down syndrome.

Mitchell Ranks Higher in Cancelled Flights

Mitchell Ranks Higher in Cancelled Flights

Study ranks Milwaukee’s airport 29th of 75 in nation, but better than Chicago’s two airports.

Kaul, AGs Warn of More Opioid Problems

Kaul, AGs Warn of More Opioid Problems

Letter from 39 attorneys general warns federal officials that new policy could lead to illegal opioid use.

Opioid Crisis Affecting State Businesses

Opioid Crisis Affecting State Businesses

Survey shows 75% of employers have been impacted by the crisis.

Medicaid Work Rules Could Hurt Hospitals

Medicaid Work Rules Could Hurt Hospitals

Walker imposed work requirement for Medicaid recipients, could cut state hospitals revenue by 15%, study says.

State Officials Meet to Tackle Drug Epidemic

State Officials Meet to Tackle Drug Epidemic

Two-Day conference focuses on opioids, which killed 916 users in 2017.

State Trails Nation on School Breakfasts

State Trails Nation on School Breakfasts

17% of schools don’t offer breakfasts, putting Wisconsin near bottom nationally.

High Court Hears Gun Liability Case

High Court Hears Gun Liability Case

Is website facilitating illegal gun sales liable for Brookfield spa shooting?

Opioid Prescriptions in State Down 29%

Opioid Prescriptions in State Down 29%

Doctors writing fewer prescriptions since 2015, but overdoes deaths still rising.

Why Don’t Students Want To Be Teachers?

Why Don’t Students Want To Be Teachers?

UW Task Force examines reasons for decline in education majors in Wisconsin.

Report Finds Growing Physician Job Burnout

Report Finds Growing Physician Job Burnout

Medical Society finds “alarming” level of dissatisfaction, fatigue for state’s doctors.

City Gets Mixed Grades on Pre-K Classes

City Gets Mixed Grades on Pre-K Classes

New study of 40 cities finds lots of access to pre-K, but quality is sometimes lacking.

25% of Prescribed Antibiotics Are Unnecessary

25% of Prescribed Antibiotics Are Unnecessary

So says new study. But Wisconsin’s rate of prescribing antibiotics is below national average.

Republicans Back Bill on Pre-Existing Conditions

Republicans Back Bill on Pre-Existing Conditions

But Evers warns if protections weaker than Obamacare he will veto the legislation.

State’s Smoking Rate Hits All-Time Low

State’s Smoking Rate Hits All-Time Low

But decline is slower for African Americans and low income consumers.

Health Care Costs Rise for Middle Class

Health Care Costs Rise for Middle Class

New report shows premiums, deductibles cost 11% of family income in Wisconsin

State Health Insurance Signups Lagging

State Health Insurance Signups Lagging

Enrollment for federal ACA insurance exchange down 20% this year; two weeks left to enroll.

State Infant Mortality Problem Persists

State Infant Mortality Problem Persists

Health of babies not improving nationally, CDC data shows, with rate nearly twice as high for black infants.

Health Care a Big Issue in Election

Health Care a Big Issue in Election

Key issue in Wisconsin; nationally 46% of House and Senate ads mention health care.

Medicare For All Becomes Hot Issue

Medicare For All Becomes Hot Issue

Many Democrats, including Tammy Baldwin, embrace it, as Republicans condemn it.

Both Parties See November Assembly Win

Both Parties See November Assembly Win

Vos and Hintz both talk about their plans should they run Assembly after election.

Big Federal Cuts for State’s Health Care

Big Federal Cuts for State’s Health Care

Second straight year of cuts in Affordable Care Act for Wisconsin, other states.

Health Coverage Steady After Decline

Health Coverage Steady After Decline

State enrollment in Affordable Care Act steady this year after 13% drop in last year.

State Has 75,000 Clean Energy Jobs

State Has 75,000 Clean Energy Jobs

All 72 counties have clean energy jobs, report shows.

The Battle Over ‘Cocaine Mom” Law

The Battle Over ‘Cocaine Mom” Law

Allows drug using mothers to be detained in jail. Opponents plan pickets, social media and forums across state.

Meth A Bigger Issue Than Opioids?

Meth A Bigger Issue Than Opioids?

New state report looks at drug use and treatment efforts.

College Campuses Going Smoke-Free

College Campuses Going Smoke-Free

National trend includes 23 colleges in state, Marquette and MATC.

Planned Parenthood Sues Trump Administration

Planned Parenthood Sues Trump Administration

Suit by affiliates in Wisconsin, two other states claim changes to Title X program limit the care provided.