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May 19 is Hepatitis C Testing Day; community webinar slated for May 31 on elimination of dangerous disease

The Wisconsin Hepatitis C Program is hosting its second community webinar on Hepatitis C elimination on May 31. The webinar welcomes local public health organizations, community leaders, health care providers, individuals affected by hepatitis, and community members to join online. Those interested in attending need to register in advance. After registering, projected attendees will receive a […]

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An essential guide to types of compensation in a dog bite lawsuit

Dogs are fondly referred to as man’s best friend. However, not all dogs are friendly to everyone. In fact, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, there were more than 1,000 reported dog bites in the state in 2018. For instance, if you’ve been bitten by a dog in Milwaukee, you should file a […]

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DHS Details End of Emergency COVID-19 Response

MADISON — The COVID-19 Public Health Emergency will end on May 11 per the U.S. Department of Health. Wisconsin’s case numbers, hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19, are significantly lower than they were during the surge in late 2021 and early 2022. Therefore, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has been making plans to move […]

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DHS Awards Racine County $243,107 and Kenosha County $365,214 for Opioid and Stimulant Treatment Services

RACINE, KENOSHA COUNTIES — The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has announced that $8 million in grants have been awarded statewide for opioid and stimulant treatment services. Among that, $243,107 has been granted to Racine County and $365,214 to Kenosha County. Through this DHS grant distribution, over 4,000 people throughout Wisconsin will have access […]

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Drug Take-Back Day is April 22; 3 convenient Racine County sites open

RACINE COUNTY — Drug Take-Back Day, an event hosted by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), takes place throughout Wisconsin on Saturday, April 22, and includes three sites in Racine County. Drug Take-Back Day is a convenient way for residents to safely dispose of unwanted or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications. DHS urges residents […]

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Managing Medicaid changes so people don’t lose health insurance

by Erik Gunn, Wisconsin ExaminerApril 6, 2023 As changes to Medicaid ramp up this month that could push millions in the U.S. and hundreds of thousands in Wisconsin off the health insurance program for low-income people, a federal official said Wednesday that his agency’s top priority is ensuring that people get through the process without […]

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DHS investigating FoodShare benefits scam, be aware of fake texts

MADISON — The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is currently investigating a scam that targets FoodShare members through fake text messages. DHS is alerting members to take steps now to protect their benefits and to be aware of fake text messages. Complaints have been made by concerned FoodShare members about a scam instructing them […]

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Wisconsin Medicaid Program resumes routine renewal benefit operations starting May 2023

MADISON — The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has announced that all Wisconsinites enrolled in BadgerCare Plus or another Medicaid program must renew their benefits by an assigned due date between June 2023 and May 2024.  As of January 2023, over 1.6 million members are enrolled in BadgerCare Plus or Medicaid. Those individuals were receiving […]

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Tobacco 21 is serious stuff – State pushes ID check for tobacco, vape sales

MADISON — The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is serious about its new public education campaign. As the name “Tobacco 21” indicates, age 21 is the minimum legal sales age for tobacco and vape products – no matter what. Citing the Synar Surveys – a statewide assessment of the retailer violation rate for underage […]

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DHS expands free COVID-19 testing program, 2 testing kits available each month

MADISON – The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has expanded its free COVID-19 testing program. Each month, Wisconsinites are now eligible for two COVID-19 testing kits at no cost. Residents can place their orders through the Say Yes! COVID Test website. Households can place an order once per month; ordering reopens on the first of […]

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Applications available for NARCAN® Direct Program until Feb. 14

MADISON — The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is now accepting applications for the next round of the NARCAN® Direct Program. This program ensures NARCAN®, the opioid overdose reversal drug, is provided at no cost to select community agencies for free distribution. Eligible agencies The following agencies are eligible to apply to participate in the NARCAN® […]

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Extra FoodShare benefits end for Wisconsinites in February 2023

MADISON — Wisconsinites will no longer receive the additional FoodShare benefits come February 2023. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023, passed by Congress in late December, will end the federal program’s distribution of additional FoodShare funds that were enacted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Those enrolled in Wisconsin’s FoodShare program have been receiving the maximum amount […]

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Free, at-home rapid COVID-19 tests now available by mail for Wisconsinites

MADISON — Free, at-home rapid COVID-19 tests are now available to Wisconsin residents through the state-supported Say Yes! COVID Test program. All state households are eligible to place an order every month for one free test kit that contains five rapid antigen COVID-19 tests To order a test kit, visit the Say Yes! COVID Test […]

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