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 (D-WI) and Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) introduced legislation to assist the Department of Veterans Affairs in recruiting talented health care professionals to Wisconsin VA facilities. In recent years a number of VA clinics, including ones in Wisconsin Rapids and Wausau, have been forced to turn away patients due to staffing shortages. The Tomah VA Medical Center has also been forced to cut back services due to problems recruiting physicians. This legislation would help fix these problems.
U.S. Rep. Ron Kind encouraged Wisconsinites to take advantage of the open enrollment period for health care. 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.
U.S. Rep. Ron Kind announced that representatives from his district offices will be available at open office hours in all 18 counties in Wisconsin’s Third Congressional District during November. Given the lack of information, it is important to let people know that they must take action to re-enroll or get health coverage by December 15 or risk not having coverage in 2018 and having to pay the penalty.
La Crosse, WI – Today, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind sent a letter to Governor Walker requesting that for the health and wellbeing of rural Wisconsinites he give up his partisan crusade 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 work together to give Wisconsin’s seniors, veterans, and vulnerable rural residents the support they need.
La Crosse, WI – Today, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind unveiled a plan to improve health care for Wisconsin. The announcement comes on the heels of Congressional Republicans’ failure to repeal Obamacare and the pressing need to work together to stabilize and fix the health care system.
U.S. Rep. Ron Kind voted against the Congressional Republican health care bill. The bill, which lacks transparency and complete information about what it will cost American taxpayers, would have a disastrous impact on the lives of thousands of Wisconsinites.
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.