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, expected to be activated in 2017, will put that access at risk through arbitrary cuts to Medicare services. Hundreds of organizations are urging Congress to act immediately so that the most important medical decisions remain in the hands of patients and their doctors.
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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On March 1, “Protect My Doctor and Me” hosted a nationwide webinar on the need to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board. Speakers from the Healthcare Leadership Council, American College of Rheumatology, Cleveland Clinic, California Hepatitis C Task Force, and the Akin Gump law firm discussed the mechanics of how IPAB will make deep cuts…
IPAB Expected to be Triggered into Effect in 2017, Making Repeal Action Urgent to Protect Beneficiaries from Harmful Cuts WASHINGTON – The Healthcare Leadership Council, a coalition of leaders from all sectors of American healthcare, today endorsed legislation that would repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), a panel of political appointees that will have…
Highly-respected advocate for the elderly Bob Blancato authored an op-ed in Huffington Post observing that the Independent Payment Advisory Board could lead to fewer physicians seeing Medicare patients, thus affecting older Americans’ access to care.
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