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.
- 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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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 healthcare.gov.
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.
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.