Honorable Steve Kagen, M.D.

Wisconsin's former 8th District Representative

January 4, 2007 to December 22, 2010

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Dr. Kagen Puts Patients First, Announces Support for Better Health Care for All of Us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 

March 20, 2010

 

DR. KAGEN PUTS PATIENTS FIRST, ANNOUNCES SUPPORT FOR BETTER HEALTH CARE FOR ALL OF US

 

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Congressman Steve Kagen, M.D. today announced his support for the new health care reform bill.  Key to his announcement today was language that Dr. Kagen fought to be included in the final bill that directly benefits patients in Wisconsin by leveling the playing field for Medicare payments to hospitals and physicians across the state.

“We are beginning to fix what is broken and improving on what we already have at a price we can all afford to pay,” Dr. Kagen said.  “This bill saves lives and jobs by putting patients first, strengthening Medicare and guaranteeing access to affordable care for all of us.”

Today, working together with other Democrats, Dr. Kagen secured payment adjustments for Wisconsin hospitals and doctors who care for patients on Medicare.  These adjustments and a new independent study to assess geographical disparities in Medicare payments by the Institute of Medicine, will correct a decades-old formula that punished Wisconsin health care providers who provide some of the highest quality care in the nation.

Other key components of the health care reform bill benefiting Northeast Wisconsin include:

  • Ending discrimination due to pre-existing medical conditions; 
  • Strengthening Medicare by closing the “donut hole” and eliminating waste, fraud and abuse; 
  • Promoting the practice of prevention;
  • Rewarding doctors for the high quality work they do; 
  • Increasing competition across state lines for insurers; and
  • Establishing a standard benefits plan that health insurers must offer to all citizens.

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In the Wisconsin’s Eighth Congressional District, the health care reform bill will:

                       

  • Improve coverage for 475,000 residents with health insurance.
  • Give tax credits and other assistance to up to 186,000 families and 17,200 small businesses to help them afford coverage.
  • Improve Medicare for 114,000 beneficiaries, including closing the donut hole.
  • Extend coverage to 17,500 uninsured residents.
  • Guarantee that 7,400 residents with pre-existing conditions can obtain coverage.
  • Protect 1,200 families from bankruptcy due to unaffordable health care costs.
  • Allow 53,000 young adults to obtain coverage on their parents’ insurance plans.
  • Reduce the cost of uncompensated care for hospitals and other health care providers by $45 million annually.

 

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