Wisconsin kids not being tested for lead


Federal policy requires all children receiving Medicaid to be tested for lead poisoning at ages one and two. But a new report by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services shows only 32 percent of children enrolled in Medicaid received the required testing in 2016. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Walker administration moves closer to drug testing food stamp recipients


Wisconsin has taken another step toward implementing drug testing for able-bodied, childless food stamp recipients., with the state Department of Health Services announcing Friday that it has submitted its plans to Gov. Walker’s office to create the new policy. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Johnson begins probing Medicaid costs, questioning eight governors


Sen. Ron Johnson is investigating whether certain states are receiving more federal Medicaid dollars than they should, leading to burgeoning costs. Johnson sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and eight governors, pointing to rising costs under the Affordable Care Act expansion of Medicaid. > The Hill

Has Medicaid’s expansion fueled the opioid epidemic? New GOP theory is challenged

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Conservative foes of Obamacare, including Sen. Ron Johnson, are promoting the theory that Medicaid expansion may be fueling the opioid epidemic. If true, that would represent a shocking outcome for the Affordable Care Act. But there’s no evidence to suggest that’s happening, say researchers who study the drug problem and are puzzled by such claims. > STAT

Mayor Barrett says Wisconsin on $700M hook after Walker rejected federal ACA funding


Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett says the state is on the hook for nearly $700 million after Gov. Scott Walker rejected federal funding under the Affordable Care Act, and in a press conference Wednesday, he called on the Governor and state legislators to reverse their position and start accepting those federal dollars. > FOX6

With failure of ObamaCare repeal, Rep. Kind calls on Walker to expand Medicaid

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U.S. Rep. Ron Kind sent Gov. Walker a letter Tuesday, writing that the failure by Republicans to repeal ObamaCare signals that “the time for partisan attacks on the law has passed. The Affordable Care Act is the law of the land.” Without Medicaid expansion, Kind warned taxpayers could lose out on almost $1 billion in savings. > The Hill

Baldwin among those introducing ‘Medicare at 55’

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While Republicans try to find ways to keep people off Medicaid, Sen. Tammy Baldwin is among a group of Democrats who’ve introduced the “Medicare at 55 Act.” It’s not a new idea, and it obviously can’t pass with this Congress or president. But it demonstrates an approach mainstream Dems will be taking in the near future. > Washington Post