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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

November 1, 2019 Press Release

La Crosse, WI – Today, Rep. Ron Kind is encouraging Wisconsinites to take advantage of the Open Enrollment period to sign up for health care coverage. The open enrollment period will last from November 1st to December 15th. During this time Wisconsinites can get health care coverage or make changes to their health care plan by visiting healthcare.gov.

October 29, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC—Last week, the House Committee on Ways and Means passed Rep. Ron Kind’s bipartisan Restoring Access to Medication Act, which will improve access to care and help families afford the medications and other health care products they need. The bill will give individuals the ability to use Health Savings Accounts (HSA) and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) to purchase over-the-counter medications and menstrual care products.

October 23, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Late last night, the House Committee on Ways and Means passed the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act, legislation that would lower prescription drug prices and level the playing field for American patients and taxpayers. Last week, the Committee held a hearing on the legislation, where Rep.

October 17, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC—Today, during a Ways and Means Committee hearing about lowering the cost of prescription drugs, Rep. Ron Kind urged his colleagues to support legislation that would allow Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices—a main pillar of the Congressman’s Drug Pricing Action Plan.

October 15, 2019 Press Release

La Crosse, WI – Today, Rep. Ron Kind encouraged Wisconsinites to take advantage of the Medicare Open Enrollment period. From October 15th to December 7th, Wisconsinites can sign up for health care coverage or make changes to their current health care plans by visiting Medicare.gov.

October 11, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC—Today, as part of his Drug Pricing Action Plan, Rep. Ron Kind introduced the Better Transparency in Information for Medicare Beneficiaries Act of 2019. This legislation will increase transparency by providing notice to seniors when less expensive Medicare prescription drug plans are available to them.

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: