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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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June 13, 2018 Press Release

Rep. Ron Kind Helps Pass Bills Addressing Wisconsin’s Drug Crisis

Bills are part of Rep. Kind’s 2018 Drug Epidemic Action Plan

La Crosse – Today, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind voted in favor of a number of bills addressing the growing opioid and drug crisis in Wisconsin and across the country. The bills reflect the priorities included in Rep. Ron Kind’s Drug Epidemic Action Plan, which he recently introduced.

May 30, 2018 Press Release

Rep. Ron Kind Calls on Congressional Leadership to Bring Bill Addressing Opioid Addiction to the Floor

PROPER Act passed through Committee, but is waiting for a full vote in the House

La Crosse – Today, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind called on House leadership to bring legislation he authored, the bipartisan PROPER Act, to the House floor for a vote. The PROPER Act was recently passed out of the House Committee on Ways and Means.

May 17, 2018 Press Release

Rep. Ron Kind’s Bill to Address Drug Crisis Passes House Ways and Means Committee
Bipartisan PROPER Act headed to House floor for a full vote in the coming months

La Crosse –Yesterday, legislation authored by U.S. Rep. Ron Kind combatting the growing opioid and drug crisis was passed through the House Committee on Ways and Means.

May 16, 2018 Press Release

Rep. Ron Kind Votes to Protect Veterans’ Access to Quality Care

Rep. Kind passes provisions to improve care for Wisconsin veterans and strengthen VA opioid safety

April 26, 2018 Press Release

Rep. Ron Kind Unveils Comprehensive Action Plan to Combat Wisconsin’s Growing Drug Epidemic 

La Crosse – Today, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind unveiled his comprehensive action plan to address the growing drug epidemic that has been hurting families and communities across Wisconsin. The plan was created in collaboration with Wisconsin law enforcement officials, community health centers, medical professionals, drug treatment officials, and families of those suffering from addiction.

February 13, 2018 Press Release

U.S. Rep. Ron Kind Calls for Solution to IV Shortage in Wisconsin

Wisconsin is facing an IV saline bag shortage in the midst of a flu outbreak


La Crosse, WI – Today, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind called on the Administration to find a solution to the shortage of IV saline bags that is affecting hospitals and patients throughout western and central Wisconsin. This comes as Wisconsin hospitals are dealing with a severe and widespread flu outbreak.


November 1, 2017 Press Release

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.

October 31, 2017 Press Release

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

October 31, 2017 Press Release

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.

August 8, 2017 Press Release

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.