2016 DHS News Releases

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August 12, 2016
In the wake of a mass carbon monoxide exposure last weekend, Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ (DHS) public health officials are reminding residents of the potential for carbon monoxide poisoning from the use of generators. On August 6, nearly 130 people reported to Madison area hospitals...
August 10, 2016
MADISON – The Wisconsin Department of Health (DHS), along with local health partners, continue to work on prevention and response plans in relation to the Zika virus, however, there is no sign of mosquitoes that could transmit the virus here in Wisconsin. Fewer than 20 people in Wisconsin have...
August 3, 2016
MADISON – Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ (DHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) today announced a recent audit of eight family planning clinics in Wisconsin. The audits revealed significant overpayments, totaling nearly 50 percent of Medicaid payments, in the member accounts reviewed...
August 1, 2016
Governor Scott Walker proclaimed (PDF, 358 KB) the week of August 1-5, 2016, as Client Rights Awareness Week, in celebration of the law enacted in 1976 to protect the dignity and privacy of those living with developmental disabilities, or mental health, or substance use concerns. “The client rights...
July 28, 2016
MADISON – Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Interim Secretary Tom Engels today announced plans to offer Family Care and Include Respect, I Self-Direct (IRIS) programs statewide by the first quarter of 2018. Governor Scott Walker called for the statewide expansion in his 2015-2017 state...
July 27, 2016
State health and emergency management officials are confirming the state’s first summer heat-related death, which occurred the first week of July in Iron County. The agencies are encouraging residents to take high temperatures seriously, and to take steps to stay safe and healthy. Hot weather is...
July 19, 2016
State emergency management and health officials are urging everyone to “beat the heat” if you have to be outside or in non-air conditioned homes this week, and to check on older or isolated neighbors who may need assistance. Temperatures are expected to rise to the mid-90s, with heat indexes...
July 18, 2016
MADISON - Replacement FoodShare benefits are available for those who lost food due to the severe weather in northern Wisconsin last week. Governor Scott Walker declared a State of Emergency in eight Wisconsin counties including Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Price, Sawyer, and Washburn...

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