Bipartisan Legislation to Repeal Independent Payment Advisory Board Introduced in the House
Last week Congressman Phil Roe (R-TN) and Congresswoman Linda Sánchez (D-CA), along with over 200 bipartisan original cosponsors, introduced the Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act (H.R. 1190), which would repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), a provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The IPAB has faced widespread opposition from a variety of health care organizations, including The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), due to concerns that it would limit access to care for Medicare beneficiaries, shift costs to consumers, and usurp the authority of Congress.
With the introduction of the House bill, versions of the legislation repealing the IPAB have been filed in both chambers of Congress. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) in January introduced a Senate version, S. 141, which has 37 cosponsors.
Congressman Roe had also sponsored the bill last Congress when the effort ultimately received 227 bipartisan cosponsors. “As a physician with more than 30 years of experience, I find the ability of this board to intervene in the patient-doctor relationship particularly troubling,” Roe said about identical legislation last Congress. “I believe my bill is a testament to the fact that members of Congress can put party politics aside, come together and do what’s right for our seniors. I will continue to push for a full repeal of the IPAB, and I look forward to working with my colleagues—both Republicans and Democrats—to protect and preserve Medicare.”
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