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MADISON (April 27, 2015) — U.S. Representative Ron Kind was recognized by the Wisconsin Medical Society with the Presidential Citation Award during the organization’s Annual Meeting April 25-26 in Madison. Outgoing Society President Richard A. Dart, MD, said he chose Rep. Kind for being “a tremendous friend of Medicine.”
“The issues that impact health care today are multifaceted and very complex, and we are extremely fortunate to have an elected leader like Congressman Kind, who is both informed and truly cares,” said Dr. Dart.
The Presidential Citation was established in 1959 to recognize individuals who have made a significant contribution to medicine or public health.
Doctor Dart enumerated many reasons Rep. Kind is deserving of the award. He helped pass—with overwhelming bipartisan support— the repeal of Medicare’s flawed sustainable growth rate formula. President Obama signed the bill, H.R. 2, the “Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act” (MACRA), April 16. In addition, Congressman Kind, with Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Janesville), jointly sponsored the Medicare Data bill, and Rep. Kind was able to get $800 million included in the Affordable Care Act to assist states like Wisconsin that practice high-quality, lower-cost care, but for which the Medicare geographic pricing cost index (GPCI) formula has a negative impact.
Doctor Dart also cited Rep. Kind’s efforts toward trying to extend the Medicaid primary care rate incentive, which expired Dec. 31, 2014, to ensure access to care for his state’s most vulnerable patients. Although the Medicaid extension ultimately was not included in the budget bill, the congressman was a leader on the issue important to Wisconsin physicians. And last month, Rep. Kind introduced a comprehensive plan to help Wisconsin residents lead healthier lives by giving more resources to communities, schools, families and individuals to combat issues such as obesity.
“I’m so proud to be able to represent a state with health care providers who have really become the model of where our health care system needs to go, not only in our country but throughout the world.” Rep. Kind said in a pre-taped video message, broadcast to the Society’s House of Delegates, April 25.
With more than 12,500 members dedicated to the best interests of their patients, the Wisconsin Medical Society is the largest association of medical doctors in the state and a trusted source for health policy leadership since 1841.