Fruit and Vegetable Benefit is Increased for WIC Participants
Wisconsin families participating in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program forWomen, Infants, and Children (WIC) will be able to purchase more fruits and vegetables between June 1 and September 30, 2021, the Department of Health Services announced today. The federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) will fund the temporary increase in monthly WIC benefits to help make healthy food options more available to families facing additional challenges due to the COVID-...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - June 1, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

DHS Updates COVID-19 Summary Data Page
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is updating data displayed on theCOVID-19 Summary Data page. The new Wisconsin COVID-19 Summary Statistics dashboard will continue to report COVID-19 cases and deaths, with an emphasis on seven-day averages, and will now also display vaccination rates and disease activity so Wisconsinites can continue to stay informed about the state of the pandemic. The summary dashboard will include the following metrics as...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - May 27, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

Wisconsin Set to Distribute FoodShare Benefits for New Pandemic-EBT Program for Children Under 6 Who are Not in School
Wisconsin has received approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) for its plan to implement a new federal program to provide food benefits for children under the age of 6 who are part of FoodShare households and who are not yet enrolled in school. We will be distributing benefits this week to those families. CalledPre-6 Pandemic-EBT(Pre-6 P-EBT), the program is designed to help families whose...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - May 26, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

Medicaid Expansion Increases Access to Care, Improves Health Outcomes, and Lowers Death Rates New Study Shows
Today the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) continues to call for Medicaid expansion after new research released by Kaiser Family Foundation, a non-partisan non-profit, found significant health and economic benefits in states that had expanded Medicaid. Expanding BadgerCare Plus in Wisconsin is a cornerstone of Governor Evers ’ proposed 2021-23 biennial budget. In addition to making affordable health insurance coverage available to an additional 90,000 residents through BadgerCare...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - May 17, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

Wisconsin Department of Health Services Creates Office of Health Equity
Structural racism contributes directly to unequal access to wealth, housing, food and health care. All of these factors, in turn, have a profound impact on how long people live and how healthy they are. To improve health outcomes of historically underrepresented groups, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is creating anOffice of Health Equity. The office will conduct research and policy analysis to address the social determinants, or root causes, of...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - May 17, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

Fully Vaccinated People Can Resume Activities Without Masks
On May 13, the CDC released updated guidance that fully vaccinated people can resume activities they did before the pandemic, including participating in indoor and outdoor activities – large and small – without wearing a mask or physically distancing. Fully vaccinated people can also refrain from testing following a known exposure unless they are residents or employees of a correctional or detention facility or a homeless shelter. A person is considered fully vaccinated agai nst COVID-19 if it...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - May 14, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Wisconsin Now Offering COVID-19 Vaccinations to Children Ages 12-15
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announces that children 12-15 years old are now eligible to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and vaccinations can begin starting Thursday, May 13. The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine requires two doses for full protection and is the first and only vaccine available for this age group. “This pandemic has been tough on everyone, but I know it has been especially hard for our kids,” said Gov. Tony Evers. “Now with a COVID-19 vaccine available for the...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - May 12, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

Medicaid Expansion: How We Bounce Back
This week, Wisconsin ’s budget committee voted – yet again – to turn down the opportunity to expand the state’s Medicaid program, thereby eliminating the opportunity to provide health care and long-term care services for more Wisconsinites and declining more than $1.6 billion in federal funding. The $1.6 billion in new federal resources is the best way to bolster our health system and help Wisconsin bounce back by investing in the people of our state, their businesses, their families, their...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - May 7, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

DHS Secretary-designee Timberlake's Statement on the Joint Committe on Finance's Action on Mendota Juvenile Treatment Center
DHS Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake released the following statement regarding the Committee ’s approval for the Department of Health Services (DHS) to proceed with construction of a 50-bed expansion of theMendota Juvenile Treatment Center (MJTC): “Today was an important first step towards reforming our juvenile justice system and closing Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake Schools. Expanding the Mendota Juvenile Treatment Center to serve juvenile girls for the first...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - May 6, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

DHS Connecting Vaccinators with Groups Wanting On-Site Vaccination Clinics
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announces it is helping employers and community-based organizations connect with vaccine providers in order to offer on-site vaccinations. This will help bring vaccinations to where people are and provide increased protection from COVID-19 in their communities. The program is part of the statewide effort to promote vaccine equity by making COVID-19 vaccines more accessible for Wisconsinites. “The COVID-19 vaccines are the best tools we have to...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - May 4, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

Some Wisconsin FoodShare Recipients to Receive Additional Emergency Allotment Benefits
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)issued new guidance on April 1 that will ensure all FoodShare households receive a minimum amount of emergency benefits. Households began receiving these benefits over the weekend. DHS estimates that under this new guidance Wisconsin will provide more than $75 million in emergency allotments to over 411,000 FoodShare households in April. This is an increase over the $57.5 million...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - April 26, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

DHS Transitions to VaccineFinder
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) will begin usingVaccineFinder to help people more easily locate available vaccine providers who are open to the public. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched the VaccineFinder tool in March to help people find COVID-19 vaccine in their area. Next month, the tool will replace theDHS map of COVID-19 vaccine providers that launched in...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - April 22, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

Governor Evers, DHS Announce More Than $175 Million to Support COVID-19 Testing in Schools
Governor Tony Evers and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) today announced the state has received more than $175 million in federal funding to develop a program to support school-based COVID-19 testing for teachers, staff, and students. The program will be part of a comprehensive COVID-19 mitigation approach to assist schools in operating safely. “We know this pandemic has been tough on students, educators, and staff and administration alike,” said Governor Evers. “Expanding...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - April 20, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Federal Review Extended for Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announces the pause on administering the Johnson& Johnson vaccine will continue until a federal recommendation is made to lift it. This extension follows Wednesday ’s federal review by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). The committee recommended a continuation of the pause while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collects and analyzes more information about the potential link between vaccination and...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - April 16, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

Federal Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care (LTC) Program Ending
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announces that the federalPharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program will complete its last round of COVID-19 vaccination clinics next week. Since the launch of the program on December 28, 2020, pharmacy partners have provided first, second, and third rounds of on-site clinics at more than 2,900 long-term care facilities across Wisconsin...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - April 16, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news