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.
- 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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La Crosse, WI— Today, Rep. Ron Kind is reminding farmers and agricultural producers that they are still able to apply for a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL), including up to a $10,000 grant that does not need to be repaid. Due to funding through the Paycheck Protection Program and Healthcare Enhancement Act, the SBA is now accepting new EIDL applications in order to assist agricultural businesses.
La Crosse, WI —Last week, Rep. Ron Kind (WI-03) joined Reps. Mark Pocan (WI-02) and Gwen Moore (WI-04) in introducing the bipartisan Farmer’s Milk in Low-Income Kitchens (MILK) Act, which would expand the existing U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Milk Donation program to help get milk into the hands of the food insecure. The bill authorizes the USDA to act as a matchmaker between dairy producers with excess milk with food banks that can distribute that milk to those in need.
Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Ron Kind voted for the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act, which passed the House of Representatives with bipartisan support. This bill ensures state and local governments have the resources they need to continue to manage the health and economic consequences of COVID-19.
La Crosse, WI - Yesterday, Reps. Ron Kind (WI-03) and Brad Schneider (IL-10) and Senators Jeanne Shaheen (NH) and Michael Bennet (CO) introduced legislation to fix a flawed Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) loan program to help health care providers respond to the financial pressures caused by COVID-19 pandemic.
La Crosse, WI- Today, Rep. Ron Kind joined the Wisconsin Delegation in urging Congressional leadership to include robust funding for Community Health Centers in the next COVID-19 relief package. Providing essential primary care services to individuals who may not otherwise have access to quality health care, Community Health Centers are critical to the well-being of rural communities across Wisconsin.
La Crosse, WI – Today, Reps. Ron Kind (D-WI) and Jackie Walorski (R-IN) introduced legislation to ensure college students and adult dependents are eligible to receive federal relief funding in the form of direct payments. Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, most families will receive an economic stimulus payment of $1,200 per adult and $500 per child.
Washington, DC—Today, Rep. Ron Kind voted in support of the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, which replenishes the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for small businesses and provides more funding for hospitals, health care workers, and testing. The legislation passed through the House of Representatives with broad bipartisan support.
La Crosse, WI—Today, Rep. Ron Kind introduced his Family Farm Rescue Plan, which focuses on five concrete steps that the Administration can immediately take to support family farmers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
La Crosse, WI— Today, Rep. Ron Kind sent a letter to Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue demanding to know what he is doing to support dairy farmers amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, Rep. Kind is pressing Secretary Perdue to explain why he has still not reopened the dairy margin coverage (DMC) program.
La Crosse, WI— Today, Rep. Ron Kind sent a letter to Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, urging him to provide transparency during the rollout of the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and ensure rural communities across Wisconsin have access to the economic support they need during this pandemic.