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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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December 22, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC —Last night, Rep. Ron Kind voted to support the year-end package that included a number of priorities he has worked on for Wisconsin families.     

December 21, 2020 Press Release
Washington, DC —Today, Rep. Ron Kind voted for an emergency COVID-19 relief package to provide critical relief for Wisconsin workers, small businesses, farmers, health care providers, and families. Additionally, the legislation lays the groundwork for a smooth COVID-19 vaccine rollout and a robust economic recovery. This legislation passed the House of Representatives with broad bipartisan support. 
 
December 21, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC —Today, Rep. Ron Kind voted for an emergency COVID-19 relief package to provide critical relief for Wisconsin workers, small businesses, farmers, health care providers, and families. Additionally, the legislation lays the groundwork for a smooth COVID-19 vaccine rollout and a robust economic recovery. This legislation passed the House of Representatives with broad bipartisan support.

December 17, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC —Today, Reps. Ron Kind (D-WI) and Mike Gallagher (R-WI) sent a bipartisan letter to Operation Warp Speed leadership urging them to consider the unique challenges of vaccine distribution to rural areas across Wisconsin and take steps to support timely and equitable vaccine access for rural communities.

December 14, 2020 Press Release

La Crosse, WI — Today, Rep. Ron Kind is encouraging Wisconsinites to take advantage of the open enrollment period, which closes December 15. Before the deadline, those under the age of 65 can get health care coverage or make changes to their current health care plan by visiting healthcare.gov.   

December 11, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC —Today, Rep. Ron Kind announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will provide grants to Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) for COVID-19 testing. This funding is provided through the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, which Rep. Kind voted for on April 23, 2020.

December 8, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC— Today, the House of Representatives passed two of Rep. Ron Kind’s bipartisan bills to improve the Medicare program.

December 4, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Ron Kind joined a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers in calling to make the telehealth services that were extended during the COVID-19 pandemic to be made permanent. Provisions from the CONNECT for Health Act, which Rep. Kind cosponsored, were included in previous COVID-19 legislation and allowed Medicare beneficiaries across Wisconsin to utilize telehealth services, as well as other types of health care providers to provide telehealth.

October 23, 2020 Press Release

La Crosse, WI —Today, Rep. Ron Kind announced close to $2,000,000 in grants to support telehealth services and distance learning in Wisconsin. The grants, approved by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development, were awarded to St. Vincent Hospital and the HSHS System to help purchase telehealth equipment and expand access to services and to Cooperative Educational Service Agency (CESA) 10 to upgrade schools' distance learning technology and provide resources to help overcome disparities experienced by rural school districts.

October 2, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – 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 calling on them to provide additional support to Wisconsin to address the severe spike in COVID-19 cases statewide. This is Rep.