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Congressman Ron Kind

Representing the 3rd District of Wisconsin

Health Care

As a sitting Member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, I am at the forefront of debates surrounding health care policy. People across western and central Wisconsin have shared with me for years their concerns with our current health care system. Our economy continues to suffer as Wisconsin families fall further into debt due to rising health care costs. Comprehensive health care reform could not wait and I was glad to help shape and support the Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010.  As part of health care reform, I was committed to making sure that we fixed what’s broken in the health care system and strengthened what’s working. For 46 years, Medicare has provided critical health care and financial stability for seniors and people with disabilities – and it’s working for seniors in western Wisconsin.

Legislative Successes:

  • Part of the health care reform bill included provisions from legislation I authored. The provisions move the Medicare system from one that pays for the quantity of services provided to one that is quality-based and addresses the long-term sustainability of the program.

 

  • This year, I partnered with Chairman Ryan to include access to Medicare data for Qualified Entities in the SGR repeal and replace bill that was signed into law.

 

  • This Congress, I introduced bipartisan legislation that seeks to improve the health and lives of our children, our families, and our seniors.

 

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More on Health Care

July 9, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – This afternoon, the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments as part of the ongoing partisan lawsuit originally brought on by now-defeated Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel and Governor Scott Walker. This lawsuit would strike down protections for people with pre-existing conditions and the entirety of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), putting health care for 2.5 million Wisconsinites who live with a pre-existing condition and 207,000 Wisconsinites who purchased their health care on the ACA exchange at risk.

June 26, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Advancing Medical Resident Training in Community Hospitals Act, authored by U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI), unanimously passed out of the Ways and Means Committee with broad bipartisan support. This bill fixes a technical problem in the Medicare program that limits the number of Graduate Medical Education (GME) medical residencies in the state of Wisconsin, and expands opportunities to bring more doctors to community and rural hospitals.

June 18, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind introduced the bipartisan Keep Physicians Serving Patients Act of 2019, which would adjust the geographic practice cost index (GPCI) to accurately reflect the cost of labor and practices expenses in rural areas. The current GPCI formula underestimates labor and practice costs in rural areas and results in lower Medicare payments to rural physicians compared to their urban counterparts.

May 9, 2019 Press Release

Rep. Ron Kind Votes to Protect Wisconsinites from Partisan Attacks on Health Care

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind voted in support of the Protecting Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions Act, which will block a Trump Administration policy that allows states to sell insurance plans that do not cover pre-existing conditions and undermine patient protections under the Affordable Care Act.

Rep. Kind’s statement is below:

May 8, 2019 Press Release

Rep. Ron Kind Introduces Bill to Expand Access to Rural Hospice Care

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind introduced the bipartisan Rural Access to Hospice Act, which will help ensure Wisconsin seniors and their families have access to hospice care in rural communities. Unfortunately many patients in rural communities are unable to receive hospice care from their local primary care provider because of a technical glitch in Medicare law.

May 2, 2019 Press Release

Rep. Ron Kind Slams Partisan Attacks on Wisconsinites’ Health Care

April 10, 2019 Press Release

Reps. Kind, Walorski, Peters, and Hudson Introduce Bill to Lower Cost of Life-Saving Medical Devices for American Patients

April 9, 2019 Press Release

Rep. Ron Kind and Ways and Means Committee Pass Bill to Lower Drug Costs for Wisconsin Families and Increase Transparency

Drug pricing transparency bill now moves to House floor for consideration and final passage

April 8, 2019 Press Release

Reps. Kind, Kelly, Doyle, and Guthrie Introduce Bill to Expand Access to High-Quality Medicare Advantage Plans for Older Americans

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Reps. Ron Kind (D-WI), Mike Kelly (R-PA), Mike Doyle (D-PA), and Brett Guthrie (R-KY), introduced the bipartisan Medicare Advantage Quality Payment Relief Act, which would reward high-performing Medicare Advantage health plans and lower premiums for American seniors.

April 8, 2019 Press Release

Rep. Ron Kind Introduces Bill to Expand Access to High-Quality Medicare Advantage Plans for Wisconsin Seniors

La Crosse - Today, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind introduced the bipartisan Medicare Advantage Quality Payment Relief Act, which would reward high-performing Medicare Advantage health plans and lower premiums for Wisconsin seniors.  The bill was introduced with Reps. Mike Doyle (D-PA), Mike Kelly (R-PA) and Brett Guthrie (R-KY).