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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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April 13, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – After passing through Congress with bipartisan support, Rep. Ron Kind’s Rural and Underserved Small Hospital (RUSH) Protection Act is headed to the President’s desk for his signature.

April 1, 2021 Press Release

La Crosse, WI – Today, Rep. Ron Kind announced that Scenic Bluffs Health Center will receive over $1.8 million in federal grants from the American Rescue Plan to help expand their COVID-19 vaccination and treatment operations. These resources are part of the American Rescue Plan’s investments to support vaccine access in rural and underserved communities.  

March 25, 2021 Press Release

La Crosse, WI – Earlier this month, Rep. Ron Kind voted to pass the landmark American Rescue Plan, which was signed into law by President Joe Biden on March 11, 2021. Today, Rep. Kind is highlighting the critical resources that Wisconsin families and communities will receive to help crush the COVID-19 virus and build back stronger than ever.   

March 23, 2021 Press Release

La Crosse, WI — Rep. Ron Kind marked the 11th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) becoming the law by highlighting the health care savings for working families in Wisconsin thanks to the American Rescue Plan. The plan builds on the ACA by lowering the cost of coverage and expanding eligibility for federal subsidies to thousands of Wisconsinites.

March 12, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Ron Kind introduced the bipartisan Rural and Underserved Small Hospital (RUSH) Protection Act. This legislation will update the 2021 Consolidated Appropriations Act to help ensure Rural Health Clinics across the state have the resources they need to provide access to care for patients in rural and underserved communities.    

March 10, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC — Today, Rep. Ron Kind voted to pass the American Rescue Plan to provide long-awaited relief to Wisconsinites, help schools safely reopen, ramp up vaccine deployment, and get our economy back on track. The package now heads to the President’s desk for his signature.    

March 4, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Reps. Ron Kind (D-WI)Tom Reed (R-NY), Raul Ruiz, M.D. (D-CA), and Brad Wenstrup, D.P.M. (R-OH) introduced the bipartisan Treat and Reduce Obesity Act. This legislation will help address the obesity epidemic and reduce health care costs by expanding access to treatment options for Medicare beneficiaries affected by obesity.   

February 11, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC —Today, Rep. Ron Kind and the Ways and Means Committee took steps to deliver much needed relief to the American people amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic crisis it has caused. The legislative proposals passed by the Ways and Means Committee today spanned issues from extending unemployment insurance to delivering another round of direct assistance for Wisconsinites to expanding the child tax credit.   

January 29, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC —Today, Rep. Ron Kind joined fellow members of the bipartisan Congressional PFAS Task Force in urging President Biden to take immediate steps to protect communities from harmful per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). PFAS chemicals pose serious health risks, including thyroid, kidney, liver, heart, and reproductive problems. 

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.