Explainer: Election-year health policy in Wisconsin


Reinsurance, association health plans, Medicaid waivers. Recent health care actions in Wisconsin, some of which require federal approval, can be difficult to follow for anyone without a Ph.D. in health policy. To help you sort through the issues, the Wisconsin State Journal has created this at-a-glance guide to the state’s health policy.

Lawmakers advance Walker’s $90 million package to put work requirements on welfare


Lawmakers Tuesday advanced bills from Gov. Scott Walker that could get more welfare recipients working at a cost to taxpayers of nearly $90 million a year. An Assembly committee approved all of the proposals on a party-line vote, while a Senate committee has advanced two of the bills. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Ron Johnson, opioids, and the great Obamacare smear


Sen. Ron Johnson has been peddling the theory that Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion is making the opioid crisis worse. Doctors are overprescribing opioids to Medicaid recipients, he says, and poor people are then selling them on the black market. The data and timeline, however, speak otherwise. > Mother Jones

Ron Johnson’s claims on Medicaid’s role in opioid crisis are absurd


This week Sen. Ron Johnson used his chairmanship of the Homeland Security Committee to hold a kangaroo court hearing to make the bizarre claim that Medicaid expansion under Obamacare is fueling the opioid epidemic. His claim lacks any reasonable factual basis, and is frankly absurd. Here’s why. > Cap Times

Led by Johnson, Republicans figure out Medicaid caused the opioid crisis. (Spoiler: They’re wrong.)


In the fantasy that Medicaid expansion is to blame for the U.S. opioid crisis, the ringmaster is Sen. Ron Johnson. Johnson has been flogging this notion for the better part of a year, despite the utter lack of evidence that it’s true — and plenty of evidence that the opposite is true. > Los Angeles Times

Five things to know about the Medicaid work requirements likely to hit Wisconsin


The Trump administration released landmark guidance last week aimed at allowing states to impose work requirements for Medicaid beneficiaries, a request Gov. Scott Walker has already submitted. The Hill provides this five-point explainer.

Trump administration will allow states — like Wisconsin — to impose work requirements for Medicaid


Federal officials have announced they will support state efforts to require able-bodied adults to work as a condition of eligibility for Medicaid. Wisconsin is one of 10 states that has already requested a waiver to do so. > NY Times