House Ways and Means Committee Approves Bill to Repeal Independent Payment Advisory Board, Other Medicare-Related Legislation
June 5, 2015 10:16 AM
The U.S. House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday voted out of committee several Medicare-related bills, including one to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board instituted under the Affordable Care Act. The committee also approved legislation to extend the Independence at Home demonstration project for an additional two years and to repeal the medical device tax.
“Every one of these bills would fix a different part of Medicare, but all of them would change the very focus of Medicare,” said Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI-1). Part of the problem, Ryan said, is that Medicare officials make decisions without adequately taking the views of seniors into consideration. Congress needs to give more control to seniors, he said, by passing these bills including repealing the Independent Payment Advisory Board.
“What we want less of is this bureaucratic meddling,” Ryan said. “That’s why one of these bills would repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board, a board of 15 unelected bureaucrats that could cut Medicare’s payments to doctors and essentially ration care.”
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) strongly opposes the Independent Payment Advisory Board and supports the legislation to repeal it, as previously reported.
The Committee also approved the Medicare Independence at Home Medical Practice Demonstration Improvement Act of 2015 (S. 971), which would extend the Independence at Home demonstration project for two years. NAHC previously reported that the U.S. Senate passed this bill in April, and that article provided a summary of the bill and of NAHC’s position on the legislation.
“We are delighted to commend Senator Wyden and Senator Markey, along with Senator Bennet, Senator Burr, and Senator Isakson, for their advocacy for legislation that helps keep people at home,” said NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris at the time the Senate passed the bill.
For more information about the markup including a full list of the bills included, please click here.
In the coming weeks, Congress intends to hold additional markups on Medicare-related legislation. Please stay tuned to NAHC Report for more coverage.