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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

January 29, 2019 Press Release

U.S. Rep. Ron Kind Fights to Protect Wisconsinites with Pre-Existing Conditions

La Crosse – Today, the United States House Committee on Ways and Means held the full committee’s first hearing in the 116th Congress on Protecting Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions.

January 16, 2019 Press Release

U.S. Rep. Ron Kind Appointed to Trade and Health Subcommittees on Ways and Means

La Crosse – Today, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind was appointed to the Trade and Health Subcommittees on the House Committee on Ways and Means. A statement from Rep. Ron Kind is below:

January 14, 2019 In The News

U.S. Rep. Ron Kind says Democrats in the House will work with “Republican numbers” this week to pass individual appropriations bills to fund federal agencies such as the Department of Agriculture, Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Homeland Security, among others.

“We’re going to use what they agreed to themselves, and we’re going to see if (Senate Majority Leader) Mitch McConnell is willing to take that up,” Kind said as he outlined his priorities heading into the 116th Congress.

January 10, 2019 Press Release

U.S. Rep. Ron Kind Votes to Protect Wisconsinites with Pre-Existing Conditions and Defend Healthcare

Resolution will strengthen Congress’s hand to intervene against Texas v. U.S., which aims to strike down the Affordable Care Act

January 8, 2019 Press Release

U.S. Rep. Ron Kind Unveils Priorities for 116th Congress that Move Wisconsin Forward
Kind continuing to put Wisconsinites before Washington’s elite and powerful special interests

November 15, 2018 Press Release

Rep. Ron Kind Celebrates National Rural Health Day

La Crosse – Today, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, Co-chair of the Congressional Rural Health Caucus, released the following statement celebrating Wisconsin’s rural health centers and professionals on National Rural Health Day:

October 15, 2018 Press Release

Rep. Ron Kind Calls for More Funding for Healthcare Enrollment Assistance

Navigator grants have been drastically cut nation-wide, with only one grant awarded in Wisconsin

September 18, 2018 Press Release

Rep. Ron Kind Calls on Wisconsin Gov. Walker and Attorney General Schimel to Withdraw from Texas v. Azar and Stop Putting Wisconsinites Lives at Risk
Lawsuit, co-led by Wisconsin and Texas, would dismantle the Affordable Care Act

July 20, 2018 Press Release

Rep. Ron Kind Works to Expand Access to Substance Abuse Treatment in Rural Communities

Bill will also create grant aimed at preventing opioid and drug abuse for youth in rural communities

July 12, 2018 Press Release

Rep. Ron Kind Cosponsors Bill Aimed at Preventing Opioid and Heroin Abuse

Bill would give more resources to states to streamline access to treatment and prevention