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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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March 27, 2020 Press Release

La Crosse, WI—Today, the House of Representatives voted to pass a $2 trillion economic stimulus package to help Wisconsin’s workers, families, businesses, and health care system survive the economic impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The package includes funding:

  • For fighting COVID-19: $200 billion investment in hospitals, health systems, and health research, and $150 billion for state and local governments in this agreement, to give them the resources they desperately need during this emergency.

 

March 20, 2020 Press Release

La Crosse, WI—Yesterday, Rep. Ron Kind signed a bipartisan letter led by Rep. Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) calling on U.S. Department of State Secretary Mike Pompeo to ensure that H-2A agricultural visas get processed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 19, 2020 Press Release

La Crosse, WI—This morning, Rep. Ron Kind led a bipartisan letter signed by the entire Wisconsin Congressional Delegation to U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn requesting more COVID-19 testing supplies to be sent to the state. The letter comes after hospitals across the state have increased testing capabilities but are unable to obtain the equipment and supplies necessary to complete testing, creating a backlog of tests with some patients waiting up to a week or more to get results. 

March 14, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC—Moments ago, Rep. Ron Kind voted to pass the bipartisan Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which establishes paid leave, provides free coronavirus testing, protects frontline health workers, distributes additional funding to states for the ongoing economic consequences of the pandemic, and other actions. Included in the package is Rep.

March 13, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC—Today, Rep. Ron Kind announced changes to office operations intended to protect constituents and staff from the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), while ensuring Rep. Kind and his offices can continue serving the people of Wisconsin’s Third Congressional District. These changes include:

March 12, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC—This morning, Reps. Ron Kind (WI-03), Nanette Diaz Barragán (CA-44), and Lori Trahan (MA-03) introduced legislation that will make testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) free for seniors who receive coverage through Medicare Advantage.

March 11, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC—Today, H.R. 5534, the Comprehensive Immunosuppressive Drug Coverage for Kidney Transplant Patients Act of 2019, introduced by Reps. Ron Kind (D-WI) and Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), unanimously passed the Subcommittee on Health of the Committee on Energy and Commerce. This legislation would improve immunosuppressive drug coverage under Medicare for kidney transplant patients.

March 4, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC—Today, Rep. Ron Kind voted for an emergency funding package to combat the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The funding passed broad bipartisan support. The package includes funding for:

March 4, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC—This, Rep. Ron Kind, along with Reps. Dan Kildee (MI-05), Mike Gallagher (WI-08), Antonio Delgado (NY-19), and Elissa Slotkin (MI-08)  introduced the Test Your Well Water Act, bipartisan legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives to create an online tool on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) website for Americans with a private well to find the resources to test their drinking water and then understand what those results mean.

March 3, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC—This morning, the Supreme Court announced that it will hear Texas v. U.S., a partisan lawsuit originally led by now-defeated Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel and Governor Scott Walker.