Anti-smoking groups want the state to do more to keep young people from buying tobacco products.
A report by the state Department of Health Services indicates the number of retailers selling tobacco to minors is increasing. To see if retailers are selling tobacco to minors, compliance checks are done in every county of the state with survey teams of two minors over age 15.
After an extension of the federal deadline to sign up for health coverage due to problems with the marketplace at healthcare.gov, Wisconsin is also considering an extended sign up period for those who will no longer eligible for BadgerCare and those leaving the state's high risk pool.
Walk-in health clinics found at big box stores and chain pharmacies have been around for about a decade, and growing in popularity. Such retail clinics are likely to continue as an option for new patients seeking primary care under federal health reform.
Most people get health insurance through their work, but about 180,000 people in Wisconsin buy insurance on the individual market. Some consumers want to keep their old policies, and state officials say in most cases they can, even if the policies don't conform to new federal standards.
A new study due to be released Tuesday focuses on the prevalence of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia in the Fox Valley. The Fox Valley Memory Project aims to make the region one of the most dementia-friendly places in the country.