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Dec. 15 deadline for health plan enrollment fast approaching

MADISON – Wisconsin residents are reminded that next Thursday (Dec. 15) is the deadline to enroll in a health plan available on the federal marketplace to receive coverage that begins in January 2023. Those who already have insurance through the federal marketplace can also renew, update, or upgrade their health plans during this open enrollment […]

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Most Racine County residents who access abortion are white, over 25

The average number of Racine County residents who obtained abortions between 2018 and 2020 were overwhelmingly white and over the age of 25. A report from the state Department of Health Services released in May 2022 details the number of induced abortions Wisconsin residents received in 2020 at state medical facilities. The 28-page document does […]


DHS: Wastewater shows COVID increase, but significance not yet certain

by Erik Gunn, Wisconsin ExaminerMarch 15, 2022 Concentrations of the virus responsible for COVID-19 in wastewater in some Wisconsin cities have been increasing, state health officials confirmed Tuesday, but the significance of that development isn’t clear. Wastewater virus testing “has been shown to be a leading indicator of cases,” according to Elizabeth Goodsitt, a spokeswoman […]

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Listeria Outbreak Hits Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has declared an outbreak of Listeria infections. The outbreak is linked to packaged salads that are produced by Dole. DHS is currently working with state and federal partners to investigate the multi-state outbreak of Listeria infections. According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this is […]


State COVID Vaccine Map Appears Full of Inaccuracies

By Robert Chappell The vaccine provider map the Department of Health Services announced today seems rife with errors, based on a small survey of providers listed. Several reporters across the state reached out to providers listed as having vaccine available for all eligible people, and found that nearly half were not, in fact, offering vaccines, […]

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Nearly 60,000 Wisconsinites Get Covered during First Three Weeks of Open Enrollment through

MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today, with Wisconsin Commissioner of Insurance Mark Afable and Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm, announced that between Nov. 1 and Nov. 21, 57,558 Wisconsinites enrolled in a healthcare plan for 2021 through the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Health Insurance Exchange on Wisconsinites can still enroll through […]

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DHS Launches Multimedia Campaign Encouraging Wisconsinites to Enter Health Care Field

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS), and Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced today the launch of WisHealth Careers, a multimedia campaign to encourage Wisconsinites across the state to enter the health care field. “Our ability to fight COVID-19 depends on having a robust workforce caring for […]

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CUEA Sends Letter to Governor Evers, Superintendent Taylor, Secretary Palm: Act now to keep our students and workers safe

In a letter sent Monday, the elected presidents of educators’ unions in Green Bay, Kenosha, Madison, Milwaukee, and Racine urged Governor Tony Evers, State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor and Department of Health Services Secretary Andrea Palm to act quickly to ensure the safety of Wisconsin’s public school students and workers. The letter: Dear Governor Evers, […]

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Update on Pandemic EBT Benefits

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is committed to ensuring families have the resources to provide nutritious food for their children during the COVID-19 pandemic. In April 2020, Wisconsin applied for and was awarded federal funding to provide temporary food benefits to families with children who normally receive free or reduced price school meals […]

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Department of Health Services Urges Residents to Stay Home Ahead of July 4th Weekend

The Department of Health Services urges Wisconsin residents to stay home and follow best public health practices during the upcoming Fourth of July weekend. Wisconsin has seen a recent surge in cases with half of all positive cases coming within the past five weeks. Nearly 20% of total COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin have tested positive […]

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Fight the Bite! Take Action to Prevent Tick and Mosquito Bites

With the unofficial start of summer behind us, many Wisconsin residents are looking ahead to warmer weather and all the resources our state has to offer. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has launched a statewide campaign to help everyone Fight the Bite and avoid tick and mosquito bites this season. Many people find […]

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Food Assistance programs continue through federal government shutdown

Despite the federal government shutdown, Wisconsin residents receiving food assistance will receive their February benefits, according to the Department of Health Services (DHS). “During this time of uncertainty, Wisconsin residents should be assured that FoodShare, WIC, and other federally funded food assistance programs will continue uninterrupted through February,” said DHS Secretary-Designee Andrea Palm. “Our top priority […]

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