Policy Updates

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Preview: 2019 Open Enrollment

Posted on Aug 31st, 2018

The 2019 Open Enrollment period in the Affordable Care Act marketplaces will run Nov. 1-Dec. 15, 2018. Sam Austin, health policy analyst at UW's…

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Preparing for the 2019 Legislative Info Drop

Posted on Aug 31st, 2018

At the beginning of each new legislative session, members of the Policy Committee visit the state capitol and deliver materials to the office of…

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GUEST SPEAKER: What We Know About E-Cigarettes

Posted on Aug 30th, 2018

Image courtesy of TruthInitiative.org This month the Policy Committee welcomed Dr. Doug Jorenby, a Professor of Medicine at UW’s School of…

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ACA Update: New Challenges for Cancer Patients

Posted on Jun 19th, 2018

New challenges to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) may affect the cost and availability of health insurance for cancer patients and survivors. State…

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What Is JUUL and Why Is It a Problem?

Posted on Jun 19th, 2018

Image courtesy of TruthInitiative.org JUUL is a new tobacco product that has quickly taken over nearly half of the e-cigarette market. The JUUL…

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Sneak Peek: A New Policy Agenda

Posted on Apr 12th, 2018

Announcing the blueprint for our policy work through 2020We will formally release the WI Cancer Council's new Policy Agenda at the Regional…

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Bipartisan Bill Supports Colorectal Cancer Screening

Posted on Mar 14th, 2018

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, a month focused on education about the country’s (and Wisconsin’s) 2nd most common cancer type and…

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Policy Roundup: Other Legislative Highlights

Posted on Mar 8th, 2018

>> Although a popular bipartisan bill requiring retailers to place all tobacco products behind the counter passed out of the Senate last year,…

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State Update: WI Health Care Stability Plan

Posted on Mar 8th, 2018

During his State of the State Address in January, Gov. Walker set forth a plan to stabilize Wisconsin's health insurance Marketplace and indicated…

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Federal Update: Cancer News in the Federal Budget

Posted on Mar 8th, 2018

Bipartisan Budget ActCongress passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 in early February, ending a brief government shutdown by extending funding for…

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ACTION PLANS: And the Policy Agenda

Posted on Mar 8th, 2018

Every two years, the Policy Committee sets a new agenda that focuses the WI Cancer Council's policy work based on key priority areas, the policy…

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New FAQ: Alcohol and Cancer

Posted on Feb 7th, 2018

Did you know Wisconsin ranks 3rd in the nation for heavy drinking and binge drinking among adults? Most of us know heavy drinking isn't great for…

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Wisconsin Takes Step to Reduce Underage Drinking

Posted on Dec 11th, 2017

On Friday, Dec. 8, Gov. Scott Walker signed SB 202 into law, an important step in reducing underage drinking in Wisconsin.The new “Social Host”…

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Marketplace Open Enrollment Starts Strong, Despite Navigator Cuts

Posted on Nov 29th, 2017

Less than two months before the 2018 Marketplace open enrollment period began, the federal government announced funding cuts to advertising and…

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Health Care Reform Remains a High Priority

Posted on Nov 29th, 2017

Despite an additional failed attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) since our last Policy Committee meeting, as well as a…

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ASCO: Alcohol Increases Cancer Risk

Posted on Nov 29th, 2017

From the ASCO survey infographicOn Nov. 7, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) released a groundbreaking policy statement on the…

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New Issue Brief Released: Palliative Care & Cancer

Posted on Nov 14th, 2017

How Palliative Care Improves the Quality of Life for Cancer PatientsIn honor of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, we are excited to…

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ASCO Releases Statement on the Alcohol-Cancer Connection

Posted on Nov 7th, 2017

Cancer prevention: Helping patients drink less alcohol The world’s leading professional oncology association announced today a formal…

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Open Enrollment Now Open

Posted on Nov 7th, 2017

Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Marketplace has opened! Despite federal efforts to repeal the ACA, health insurance plans are still…

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Health Officials Take Important Steps to Prevent Youth Tobacco Use

Posted on Oct 31st, 2017

State and federal health officials have taken several critical steps to prevent youth access to tobacco products – through both education and…

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Latest ACA Repeal Bill: Repercussions for Cancer Community?

Posted on Sep 21st, 2017

Lifetime limits, increased costs, and other possible impacts on survivors and families Congress returned to work this month after a brief summer…

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WI Cancer Caucus Attracts Support

Posted on Sep 21st, 2017

The Wisconsin Cancer Caucus is a few steps closer to becoming a reality. If created, the Caucus would serve as a forum for state lawmakers to learn…

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Palliative Care Advisory Council Gains Momentum

Posted on Sep 21st, 2017

Efforts to create a Palliative Care Advisory Council in Wisconsin are gaining momentum in the state legislature. Palliative care – a team-based…

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Facing Federal Cuts, Health Insurance Navigators Scramble to Fill Service Gaps

Posted on Sep 21st, 2017

Wisconsin’s health insurance navigator agencies are facing significant funding cuts and a dramatic reduction in services that could affect cancer…

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Report: Wisconsin Lags in Key Cancer Prevention and Control Areas

Posted on Aug 4th, 2017

Opportunities Remain for Wisconsin to Prevent Cancer and Improve the Care and Quality of Life of Cancer Survivors Wisconsin lawmakers are missing…

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New Fact Sheet Explores Reemergence of High-Risk Pools

Posted on Jul 11th, 2017

A new fact sheet from the WI CCC Program explores the reemergence of high-risk pools for people with pre-existing conditions. High-risk pools have…

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The Senate Health Care Bill and Cancer

Posted on Jun 29th, 2017

BCRA would have major impact on cancer communityThe Senate’s bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) contains several policy…

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DHS Submits BadgerCare Changes to CMS

Posted on Jun 13th, 2017

On June 7, 2017, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) submitted their final application to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid…

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“The Cost of Cancer” Issue Brief Released

Posted on May 22nd, 2017

The WI Comprehensive Cancer Control Program is pleased to release our latest issue brief, “The Cost of Cancer: Policy and Programmatic…

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House Passes the American Health Care Act

Posted on May 5th, 2017

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA), a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The…

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New Survey Shows Public is Supportive of Tobacco Product Regulation

Posted on May 4th, 2017

Since 2009, the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has regulated the manufacturing, distribution, and marketing of cigarettes, smokeless, and…

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BadgerCare Changes for Childless Adults Released for Comment

Posted on Apr 21st, 2017

This week, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) released a draft amendment to the current Section 1115 Demonstration Waiver which…

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Governor Proclaims April Underage Alcohol Use and Abuse Awareness Month

Posted on Apr 6th, 2017

A recent data analysis by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) found that Wisconsin teens are doing better than their national peers in…

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New Policy Pages Added to WI Cancer Council Website

Posted on Mar 31st, 2017

As part of the overall WI Cancer Council revitalization process, the WI Comprehensive Cancer Control Program has been developing ways to leverage the…

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Alcohol and Cancer Infographic Now Available

Posted on Mar 31st, 2017

The WI Comprehensive Cancer Control Program is pleased to share a new infographic, “Addressing High-Risk Drinking to Reduce Cancer Burden in…

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Bill to Repeal and Replace the Affordable Care Act Fails

Posted on Mar 28th, 2017

On March 24, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives pulled from consideration legislation that would have repealed and replaced the Affordable Care…

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Bipartisan Bill Introduced to Support and Expand Palliative Care

Posted on Mar 24th, 2017

On March 22, 2017, bipartisan legislation (H.R. 1676/S. 693) was re-introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate to support and…

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House Releases American Health Care Act

Posted on Mar 10th, 2017

Update: This bill was withdrawn from consideration on March 24, 2017 House Republicans released their proposal this week to repeal and replace the…

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Support for Small Practices Participating in MACRA Quality Payment Program (QPP)

Posted on Feb 21st, 2017

Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded funding to 11 organizations to provide training and education on the…

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National Cancer Institute (NCI) Releases Funding Opportunities to Support Cancer Moonshot

Posted on Feb 21st, 2017

In December 2016, the 21st Century Cures Act was signed into law, giving the National Institutes of Health (NIH) $1.8 billion over 7 years to fund…

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“Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, and Health Reform: What’s Next at the Federal Level and in Wisconsin?” – Livestream Opportunity

Posted on Feb 2nd, 2017

The 2015-2017 Biennial Budget (2015 Wisconsin Act 55) was signed into law by Governor Walker on July 12, 2015. There are number of the provisions in…

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Room for Improvement for Tobacco Control in Wisconsin

Posted on Feb 2nd, 2017

Room for Improvement for Tobacco Control in WisconsinThe American Lung Association (ALA) recently released its annual State of Tobacco Control report…

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President Obama Signs 21st Century Cures

Posted on Dec 16th, 2016

On December 13, 2016, President Obama signed into law the 21st Century Cures Act. 21st Century Cures is significant to the cancer community in its…

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Surgeon General Releases Report on Youth and Young Adult E-Cigarette Use

Posted on Dec 9th, 2016

 On December 8, 2016, the U.S. Surgeon General released a report raising public health concerns about e-cigarette use among U.S. youth and young…

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Study Shows Potential Impact of Indoor Tanning Age Restriction

Posted on Dec 9th, 2016

In December 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a proposed rule that would restrict the use of indoor tanning devices for…

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Emily Reynolds Leaving WI CCC Program for UW Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies

Posted on Apr 1st, 2016

After nearly six years with the WI CCC Program, Emily Reynolds has accepted a new position at the University of Wisconsin Nelson Institute for…

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FDA Proposes New Indoor Tanning Rule for Teens and Children

Posted on Jan 4th, 2016

The Food and Drug Administration proposed new rules that would prohibit use of indoor tanning devices for those under the age of 18. The proposed…

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2016 Proclamation Signed for WI Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Posted on Nov 13th, 2015

Earlier this month, Wisconsin kicked off Fight Colorectal Cancer’s Blue Star States campaign by proclaiming March 2016 as National Colorectal…

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CDC’s Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report: State Medicaid Coverage for Tobacco Cessation

Posted on Oct 30th, 2015

CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report recently released a paper on the state Medicaid coverage for tobacco cessation treatments and barriers to…

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New ACS Breast Cancer Screening Recommendations

Posted on Oct 29th, 2015

The American Cancer Society (ACS) recently released updated breast cancer screening guidelines for women at average risk for breast cancer.…

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Physical Activity Issue Brief & Infographic Now Available

Posted on Sep 24th, 2015

The WI Comprehensive Cancer Control Program is pleased to share the September 2015 Issue Brief, “Physical Activity's Connection to Cancer:…

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Wisconsin Gets Mixed Reviews on Cancer-Fighting Public Policies

Posted on Aug 11th, 2015

Wisconsin gets mixed reviews when it comes to supporting policies and passing legislation to prevent and reduce suffering and death from cancer.…

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Wisconsin Biennial Budget Passes

Posted on Aug 7th, 2015

The 2015-2017 Biennial Budget (2015 Wisconsin Act 55) was signed into law by Governor Walker on July 12, 2015. There are number of the provisions in…

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ACA Coverage Related to Cancer – Additional Clarifications

Posted on Jun 1st, 2015

The US Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury recently released further clarification regarding the implementation of the…

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