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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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September 15, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Ron Kind sent a letter to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Peter Gaynor and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar urging them to direct additional resources to Wisconsin in order to keep communities safe amid severe spikes in COVID-19 cases, particularly in counties with universities as students and faculty returned to campuses last week for the fall semester.  

September 10, 2020 Press Release

La Crosse, WI — Today, Rep. Ron Kind joined his colleagues in condemning the Administration’s continued legal assault on existing health care coverage and urging the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to defend the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in court.  

September 9, 2020 Press Release

La Crosse, WI – Today, Rep. Ron Kind announced his support for the Protecting Access to Post-COVID-19 Telehealth Act, bipartisan legislation that will expand and improve Wisconsinites’ access to telehealth services under Medicare. This bill will continue the expanded use of telehealth beyond the COVID-19 crisis by eliminating restrictions on its use in Medicare, providing a bridge for patients currently using these services due to the pandemic and requiring a study on the use of telehealth during COVID-19.

August 7, 2020 Press Release

La Crosse, WI – Yesterday, Rep. Ron Kind sent a letter to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Peter Gaynor and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar urging them to work swiftly to provide appropriate PPE to nursing homes and other long-term care facilities in Wisconsin.

August 3, 2020 Press Release

La Crosse, WI – Today, Rep. Ron Kind announced that $121 million was included in the recently passed House funding bill to implement pain management reforms included in the Jason Simcakoski PROMISE Act, which Rep. Kind introduced and helped pass into law. The funding will help implement updates to pain management practices within the VA, including strengthening provider education and training and improving patient advocacy. The appropriations package now must pass the Senate before it can be signed into law. 

July 15, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC— Today, bipartisan legislation introduced by Reps. Ron Kind (D-WI) and Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) that would improve coverage under Medicare for immunosuppressive drugs for kidney transplant patients passed the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. This legislation now moves onto consideration by the full House of Representatives.

July 9, 2020 Press Release

La Crosse, WI —Last week, Rep. Ron Kind joined 48 of his colleagues on both sides of the aisle in urging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide immediate relief to rural health care providers affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

June 26, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC— Following reports that the Administration is planning to end funding for community-based testing sites across the country at the end of the month, and with the number of positive COVID-19 cases surging in western Wisconsin, Rep.

June 18, 2020 Press Release

La Crosse, WI— Today, Rep. Ron Kind, along with Reps. Dan Kildee, Michael C. Burgess, and Fred Upton, introduced bipartisan legislation to provide additional resources for nursing homes to enhance quality of care and safety measures during the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure nursing homes are prepared for future public health crises. The Infection Control Training and Support Act would provide an additional $210 million for quality and infection control support for nursing homes.