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Ways and Means Committee Passes Rep. Ron Kind’s Bill to Expand Medical Residencies in Wisconsin with Broad Bipartisan Support

June 26, 2019
Press Release
Legislation Will Provide Funding for Training the Next Generation of Wisconsin Physicians

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Advancing Medical Resident Training in Community Hospitals Act, authored by U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI), unanimously passed out of the Ways and Means Committee with broad bipartisan support. This bill fixes a technical problem in the Medicare program that limits the number of Graduate Medical Education (GME) medical residencies in the state of Wisconsin, and expands opportunities to bring more doctors to community and rural hospitals.

According to one study, 50% of medical residents stay in-state to work after completion of their residency program. Wisconsin is home to over 150 hospitals, and would benefit by increasing the number of residencies across the state, ensuring rural communities have access to doctors and medical professionals.

“I am proud to have passed this bipartisan bill, which will create more medical residencies here in Wisconsin. As I travel across the state, I often hear about the challenges rural hospitals face recruiting and retaining high quality doctors. All Wisconsinites deserve quality care regardless of where they live and I will continue to fight to ensure our rural communities have access to the medical professionals they need,” said Rep. Ron Kind. 

The Advancing Medical Resident Training in Community Hospitals Act was co-sponsored by the entire bipartisan Wisconsin delegation in the U.S. House of Representatives, and passed the committee with unanimous support. Additionally, this bill was backed by several Wisconsin healthcare organizations, including the Wisconsin Hospital Association, the Wisconsin Rural Health Cooperative, and the Medical College of Wisconsin.

The Ways and Means Committee is the most powerful - and the oldest - committee in the House of Representatives. It has jurisdiction over tax measures, the management of public debt, trade and tariff laws, Social Security, Medicare, and many other economic growth measures. 

Read H.R. 3425, the Advancing Medical Resident Training in Community Hospitals Act here.