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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U.S. Rep. Ron Kind sent a letter to Governor Walker requesting that he put the needs of Wisconsinites first and accept federal money to expand BadgerCare. The failure by Congressional Republicans to pass a repeal of the Affordable Care Act signifies that it is time to put aside partisanship and provide Wisconsin’s most vulnerable with the support they need.
Amid chaos within their own party House Republican Leadership was forced to delay a vote on their health care bill. This will be the second time in two days that they have had to delay the vote.
“It is clear that House Republican leadership is trying to force a bad bill. Instead of rushing forward a bill, without any hearings, I hope they use this time to recognize what works in healthcare and work in a bipartisan manner to fix what doesn’t and lower healthcare costs for all Americans,” said Rep. Kind.
The House Ways & Means Committee, in the middle of the night, voted to move forward a bill that makes Wisconsinites pay more for less coverage, lacks transparency, and doesn’t give complete information about what it will cost American taxpayers. Rep. Kind voted against the bill.
The House Ways & Means Committee, which Rep. Kind serves on, will review the House Republican health care repeal bill. Below is Rep. Kind’s statement on the bill:
“I am deeply disappointed that House Republican leadership is pushing forward with a bill to repeal the ACA that lacks transparency, debate, and any information about what it will cost American taxpayers. What is clear about the bill is that it will put Medicare in jeopardy, raise insurance premiums for Wisconsinites, jeopardize access to care in rural areas, and result in loss of coverage for thousands of people.
Today, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind introduced bipartisan legislation to permanently remove Medicare’s cap on physical, occupational, and speech therapy. Repealing the arbitrary and dated cap will ensure Wisconsin seniors receive the care that they need at an affordable price.
The United States House of Representatives voted on a Republican budget that would take steps to defund the Affordable Care Act and increase the national debt by 9.5 trillion dollars. Below is Rep. Kind’s statement:
U.S. Rep. Ron Kind introduced the bipartisan Restoring Access to Medication Act, which would expand existing programs to help lower the cost of over-the-counter medicine for Wisconsin families.
“With cold and flu season in full swing many Wisconsinites are having to pay steep prices for over-the-counter medicines to treat their symptoms. The Restoring Access to Medication and Improving Health Savings Act will lower drug costs for Wisconsin families,” said Rep. Kind.
La Crosse, WI – Today, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind’s bipartisan legislation to fix the problems at the Tomah VA, the Jason Simcakoski PROMISE Act, passed the House with almost unanimous support. The legislation will now go to the Senate for a vote and then to the President’s desk.
La Crosse, WI – The House and Senate Conference Committee on the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act released their final bill late last night. The bill includes Rep. Kind’s legislation, the Jason Simcakoski PROMISE Act, and will now go on to the House and Senate for a final vote.
La Crosse, WI – Today U.S. Rep. Ron Kind’s bipartisan legislation H.R. 1270, the Restoring Access to Medication Act passed the House. This legislation would restore the ability for Wisconsin families to use the funds in their Health Savings Account, Flexible Spending Account, Health Reimbursement Account, or Archer MSA to purchase over-the-counter medications.