House Ways and Means Committee Approves Bill to Repeal Independent Payment Advisory Board, Other Medicare-Related Legislation
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 Ryan. 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.”