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Rep. Kind Votes for Bill to Lower Health Care Costs and Protect Wisconsinites with Pre-Existing Conditions

June 29, 2020
Press Release

Washington, DC— Today, Rep. Ron Kind voted in support of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act, which would strengthen and expand the Affordable Care Act, protect Wisconsinites with pre-existing conditions, lower prescription drug prices, and improve access to affordable health care by providing subsidies and tax credits to help lower costs.

This comes off the heels of the Trump Administration pushing yet again to overturn the Affordable Care Act, an action that threatens millions of Americans’ access to health care during an ongoing global pandemic. The Affordable Care Act has improved health care coverage across the country and introduced life-saving protections for those with pre-existing conditions since it was enacted in 2010. Dismantling the Affordable Care Act would cause 224,000 Wisconsinites to lose their health insurance, threaten vital access to Medicare, and raise drug prices.

“As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, it has never been more important for Wisconsin families to have quality, affordable health care. We should be expanding health care coverage right now, not trying to take it away,” said Rep. Ron Kind. “I am proud to vote for this bill, which will reduce health insurance premiums, lower prescription drug prices, and protect people with pre-existing conditions – ensuring that all Wisconsinites have the care they need.”

Rep. Kind serves on the Subcommittee on Health for the Ways and Means Committee, the oldest – and most powerful – committee in the House of Representatives. Earlier this year, Rep. Ron Kind voted for the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act, which would lower prescription drug costs and allow Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices. Included in this legislation was Rep. Kind’s Better Transparency in Information for Medicare Beneficiaries Act, which increases transparency by providing notice to seniors when less expensive Medicare prescription drug plans are available to them.