We Need to Protect Access to Quality Healthcare in Medicare
America’s seniors have earned access to high-quality healthcare, including medical professionals, services, and therapies. The Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB)’s mandatory cuts to Medicare will put that access at risk through arbitrary cuts to Medicare services. More than 750 organizations are urging Congress to act immediately so that the most important medical decisions remain in the hands of patients and their doctors.
To join the fight to protect Medicare beneficiaries, contact your Senator today and urge Congress to eliminate IPAB. Click here to take action.
Millions of Us Have a Stake in Protecting
Medicare Quality and Access
Medicare already pays less for healthcare services than private health insurance. If IPAB goes into effect, this disparity will undoubtedly worsen and create a situation in which medical decisions are dictated by IPAB-mandated budget cuts rather than the judgment of healthcare professionals. A government board, thousands of miles away, shouldn’t make it more difficult for Medicare beneficiaries to have access to the care and treatments decided between patients and their healthcare providers.
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IPAB radically changes the way Medicare was intended to be governed and administered. It shifts authority from elected members of Congress to an unelected board of political appointees (or, if a board is not appointed or does not make a proposal, to the unelected Secretary of Health and Human Services). We cannot allow such separation between Medicare decision-making and the public that depends on accessible, reliable, quality healthcare.
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You have worked hard throughout your life. You have earned the right to enjoy your retirement years without having to worry about whether your healthcare will be there when you need it. If IPAB takes effect, it could mean that doctors will find it financially difficult to continue treating Medicare patients. It could make the treatments you need less accessible. For over half a century, Medicare has fulfilled America’s healthcare promise to seniors and persons with disabilities. That promise must not be broken.
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November 15th, 2017
Senate IPAB repeal from HLC on Vimeo.
WASHINGTON – A coalition of healthcare industry leaders today applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for its bipartisan vote to do away with the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), urging the U.S. Senate to expeditiously follow suit and repeal an entity that threatens Medicare beneficiaries’ access to healthcare.
November 7th, 2017
An unpopular provision under the Affordable Care Act that would allow an independent board to cut Medicare if spending rises above a certain limit may end before the panel is ever established. The House of Representatives on Thursday voted 307-111 in favor of eliminating the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). The bipartisan bill, sponsored by…
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