Please take time to visit the MGMA Advocacy Center to ask your Senator to vote YES to this IPAB repeal legislation.
On Thursday, the House voted 307-111 to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). This is a monumental step, but now it is imperative that the Senate follow suit to eliminate the IPAB and its calls for draconian cuts to Medicare payments, once and for all.
The bill passed in the House, the Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act of 2017 (H.R. 849), repeals the IPAB created under the Affordable Care Act. The IPAB (or the Secretary of HHS when there is no IPAB appointed) is required to recommend ways to cut Medicare costs if spending exceeds specific targets. Any proposal would be implemented using fast-track procedures with virtually no oversight or stakeholder/community input, and leaving little-to-no room for recourse once IPAB-mandated payment cuts are implemented. All previous attempts to eliminate IPAB have failed.
Thank you for your attention to this matter!