Health

Long-Anticipated Start Date
9:44 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Opening Day For Health Exchange

It’s launch day for Wisconsin’s health exchange.  Individuals will be able to compare and shop for health insurance plans online.  One of the many questions raised by changes to the health care system…is what will happen to private insurance agents…now that people have easy access to purchase insurance directly.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski sat down called up private insurance agent Brian Diel, and found out he’s not too worried.

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Healthcare Burden May Fall On Counties
12:10 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Counties Vote Against Walker's Medicaid Expansion Denial

The Wisconsin Counties Association voted this week in disapproval of the state’s rejection of extra federal funding for Medicaid.  Sarah Diedrick-Kasdorf, Senior Legislative Associate for Wisconsin Counties Association, says the vote reaffirmed a position the group has held since 2011.

“As counties, when we all have the same position, when we all talk from one voice, it really provides support for our issues.”

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Helping With Disaster Relief
4:52 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Lending a Hand in Denver, CO

Rescue crews helped evacuate Fort Carson, Colorado after flooding shut down roads in the area.
Credit Nicole Manzanares / US Air National Guard

A Rhinelander volunteer is in Colorado with the American Red Cross.  Carol Miller is stationed at Disaster Relief Headquarters near Denver, south of where the floods have done the most damage.  

She says there are 600 volunteers on the scene with hundreds more set to arrive.  The job of Red Cross nurses is to take care of those who get sick or injured while volunteering for FEMA or other partner organizations.

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Lower number of illegal sales
2:04 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Illegal Tobacco Sales To Minors Drops In Northwoods

Youth smoking levels decrease in Northwoods
Credit healingtalks.com

Violations for selling tobacco to minors in the Northwoods has taken a marked decrease.


The Oneida County Health Department administers tobacco law compliance checks in a six county northern region.


Tobacco Coordinator Niki Kostrova says the downward trend from 2012 shows education is working...

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Officials recommend vaccination
4:33 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Flu Season Is Underway In Northwoods

Flu Shot Bug
Credit oneidacountyhealthdepartment.org

Besides the beginning of the football season, it's also the beginning of the flu season. Health officials say it's a good time to consider a flu shot.


Oneida County Public Health Nurse Dawn Van Den Heuvel has some tips....


 



"....recommended for anyone over the age of 6 months and if they are under six months, they cannot get a flu shot. It's really important that anyone that has a small infant, daycare, or works with a small infant gets their flu shots...."


 

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Designed for information sharing
2:31 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Ministry Health Care Collaborates With Health System

Credit Ministry Health Care

Ministry Health Care and Quality Health Solutions have announced a partnership that a spokesperson says should help both organizations improve patient care.


 


Quality Health Solutions a collaborative group of Wisconsin health care systems and the Medical College of Wisconsin. QHS is expanding its accountable care network.


Ministry Health Care senior vice-president Ronald Mahorek says the partnership is an effort to improve quality and lower costs through an accountable care organization. He gives an example...


 

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Most pass first time
4:18 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Nicolet College EMT's, Firefighters At High Percentage

Credit Nicolet Area Techincal College


Nicolet College is turning out a new batch of EMTs and state certified firefighters. 25 out of 26 students passed the most recent national certification for Emergency Management Technicians. 17 out of 18 passed the state's practical firefighting exam. Director of public safety and campus security Jason Goeldner says a new curriculum helped bring in the high passing rates.


 

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Northern Wisconsin walks underway
2:29 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Alzheimer's Disease Affects 5 Million Americans

Credit alz.org

September is a busy time for Alzheimer's Associations across Wisconsin and the rest of the U.S. with fundraising walks.


Area chapter spokesperson Diana Butz(butts) says nationally, nearly 600 walks take place this time of year....


 



"....we use these events to increase awareness and funding for Alzheimers programs and research. And right here in our chapter area we have 30 walks taking place throughout northern and northeast Wisconsin...."

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Anticipating the ACA
3:34 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Health Insurance Rates May Rise, Especially for Young People

JP Wieske gave an overview of how the Affordable Care Act will affect community members.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

State officials visited Rhinelander today to answer questions about the Affordable Care Act.  

About 30 people gathered in the conference room of the public safety complex in hopes of clearing up often-hazy understandings of changes to come.  One of those people was Mike Barnes, who says he and his wife purchase their own insurance. 

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Early morning and afternoon
4:02 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Drivers Asked To Be Alert As School Begins

Kids on the way to school
Credit futurity.org

County health departments treat the ills of the public, but they also are concerned about the safety of children to and from school.


Public Health Nurse Rob Deede in Oneida county says while walking can be a great way for kids to get some exercise, drivers should be cautious...


 

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