Health

Rhinelander Info Session
2:00 pm
Sun September 1, 2013

Questions About Obamacare? State Officials May Have Answers Tuesday

Health insurance questions abound as the state's health exchange prepares to launch.
Credit Daniel Oines

With the state health exchange opening in less than a month, state officials are working to demystify changes to the health care system. 

The state Insurance Commissioner’s office is holding an info session in Rhinelander Tuesday to answer questions consumers may have. 

Topics won’t be limited to the health exchange; discussion will include all parts of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. 

The Rhinelander session will be at the county sheriff’s department training center from 10:30 to noon.

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Could be open by January
2:08 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Rhinelander Schools-Aspirus Working On School Clinic

Aspirus Rhinelander Clinic
Credit Aspirus.org

By early next year, staff at Rhinelander schools could be getting some of their health care from a clinic in the school.


The Aspirus Rhinelander Clinic and the school district are discussing how to implement the program. Regional Director Rob Fabich says the school district is looking at ways to cut health care costs and thought having the services on campus would be one way to do that...


 

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Changing Insurance Landscape
5:02 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Health Insurance Purchasers Will Find Choices, Come October

Advertising for health insurance in New Port Richey, Florida.
Credit Daniel Oines

Northwoods residents looking to buy health insurance will have options when it comes to choosing a plan on the health marketplace.  That’s according to a report from progressive advocacy group Citizen Action of Wisconsin. 

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Lyme Disease numbers also rise
7:25 am
Sat August 24, 2013

Numbers Of New Tick Diseases Rising

Ticks by size
Credit aftergadget.wordpress.com

As many as 300,000 people each year could have Lyme disease, about 10 times the number that has been established. The Centers For Disease Control made that estimate last week.

Oneida County Health Director Linda Conlon says reported Lyme Disease numbers have held steady here over the last few years... 

"....114 for 2012, 106 for 2011, and then total between probable, suspect and confirmed the year before, in 2010, was 115..."

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Celebration of Life
4:24 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Honoring Cancer Patients, Present and Past

Event organizers will release 50 painted lady butterflies.
Credit William Warby

Rhinelander’s Ministry St. Mary’s Hospital is hosting a gathering for cancer survivors.  

It’s the sixth annual Celebration of Life.  Event organizer Kim Hetland is a Manager in Radiation Oncology at Ministry’s James Beck Cancer Center.  She says the evening is also a chance to honor those lost to cancer. 

“We wanted it more than just a cancer survivor event.  We wanted it more of a celebration – of life, that would honor not only our cancer survivors but also our patients that have passed on.”

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Breastfeeding Important for Babies
4:00 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Building Resources For New Moms

Mothers-to-be have a chance to learn more about breastfeeding resources. The Northwoods Breastfeeding Coalition is hosting several educational sessions this week. Cheri Nemec is a dietician who works with the Wisconsin WIC program and the Great Lakes Intertribal Council. She says a lot of moms plan to breastfeed, but may switch to formula if they start to worry about whether they’re doing it right.

 

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Allergy Season
4:00 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Ragweed Pollen Fills Late-Summer Air

Ragweed blooms in late summer.
Credit Sue Sweeney

Late summer means ragweed is starting to bloom in the Northwoods, and that

 could mean the onset of allergy symptoms for many residents.

Jill Blake is a public health nurse with Oneida County Health Department. She says Wisconsin usually has its first pollen surge in May, but ragweed is responsible for second round of allergy flare-ups in the fall.

 

“It’s a tall branch plant and it’s found all over, in dry pastures and fields, it’s by the roadsites, at construction sites. It’s the pollen that produces the symptoms.”

 

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Public Health
5:56 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Health Dept.: Vaccinate In Time for School

Local health departments are urging families to check on their kids' vaccination statuses.
Credit Centers for Disease Control

Health officials are urging parents to make sure their children are up to date on vaccines before school starts. 

Laurel Dreger is a nurse with the Vilas County Health Department.  She says kids and some adults who have already been vaccinated may be due for a booster shot. 

“Parents can check with their health care providers or the public health department in their area, and we will look up their children’s records and let them know if they might be needing some shots before they enter school in the fall.”

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Some BadgerCare funding in doubt
4:14 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Group Still Hoping For Walker Medicaid Reversal

Credit insurekidsnow.gov

20 counties, including Oneida and Lincoln, have asked Governor Walker to allow them to access Medicaid money from the federal government to offset local health care expenses.


Earlier this year, Governor Walker notified the Obama Administration he would not be taking money for Wisconsin's version called BadgerCare from the Affordable Health Care Act to offset those costs.

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Toxic Algal Blooms
2:56 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Algae Alert: Murky Water Could Be Hazardous to Your Health

Blue-green algae can form a paint-like scum on the surface of the water
Credit Dwight Burdette

Late summer in the Northwoods means it’s time to watch out for blue green algae blooms in lakes and ponds.  

The algae often produces toxins that can cause rashes and breathing problems in humans.  Pam Pedersen is a nurse with Vilas County Public Health Department.  She says it can be especially harmful for pets that may drink or swim in murky water.          

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