Stories tagged: "public health"


The Best Of: Wisconsin Health & Wellness in 2022

To borrow a line from Disney's Frozen, "for the first time in forever" every moment of 2022 was not defined by COVID. Instead, a large chunk of the year's health headlines was devoted to the overturning of reproductive options and its impact on Wisconsin women. But not all headlines were bad. Here are several "good news" standouts.

No Insurance, No Problem– In Wisconsin, Every Woman Can Get a Mammogram for Free

This year, more than 5,000 Wisconsin women will find out they have breast cancer. The disease has a high survival rate, as long as you detect it early. The Good News: Regardless of whether you have insurance or which kind of insurance you have, the Wisconsin Well Woman Program makes sure everyone can get screened for breast cancer.

Insurance Companies Could Be Required to Cover Additional Breast Cancer Screenings for Women With Dense Breast Tissue

The new bills would impact an estimated 50% of Wisconsin women, whose breast tissue is white– just like possible tumors.

Anxiety Screenings for All: What Wisconsin Leaders Have Said, Done to Address Mental Health Epidemic

For the first time ever, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has recommended all adults under 65 receive annual screenings for anxiety, even if they aren't showing symptoms.

Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., arrives for a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Sen. Baldwin Takes Action for Rural WI, Responds to Drinking Water Health Concerns

Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) introduced The Healthy Drinking Water Affordability Act, or The Healthy H2O Act, to provide grants for water testing and treatment technology directly to individuals, non-profits and local governments in rural communities.

Democratic state and federal lawmakers speak to reporters Tuesday after visiting Afghan refugees at Fort McCoy.
Vaccinations and Vetting Going Smoothly for Afghan Allies Being Staged at Fort McCoy

Group of Democrats from Congress and the Legislature: “We can pay them back now” for supporting US troops in harm’s way.

Wisconsin Supreme Court chambers in the state Capitol. (Shutterstock)
Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules Local Officials Can’t Close Schools, Another Blow to Public Health

Conservatives on the state's high court have consistently ruled against public health restrictions implemented to guard against COVID-19.