News, Press Release | June 7th, 2017

More Than 700 Groups Nationwide Call On Congress To Repeal IPAB Immediately

Mary R. Grealy, Healthcare Leadership Council President and leader of Protect My Doctor and Me IPAB Repeal Campaign Available for Comment When IPAB is Triggered

Washington, DC—This week, the number of diverse organizations representing, among others, patients, healthcare providers, employers, veterans and Americans with disabilities calling on Congress to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), a presidentially appointed panel charged with making spending cuts to the Medicare program, has topped 700. Those cuts are likely to mean that Medicare beneficiaries will have a harder time seeing their trusted doctors and getting the tests and services they need to stay healthy.

“The Independent Payment Advisory Board represents a very real and looming threat to the healthcare of tens of millions of Americans,” said Mary Grealy, President and CEO of the Healthcare Leadership Council. “The threshold for triggering these Medicare cuts could be hit any day now, so Congress must repeal IPAB before it is too late. If these cuts take effect, the consequences will be felt immediately by our nation’s seniors and beneficiaries with disabilities who will see reduced access to care.”

The list of organizations calling for IPAB repeal involves a wide array of stakeholders that get, give and pay for care, including groups as diverse as: the American Academy of Neurology, American College of Cardiology, American Medical Association, Caregiver Action Network, Lupus Foundation of America, Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness. A full list of the 700-plus national and local organizations can be found here.

The groups, as well as patients, family members and caregivers from all 50 states, are calling on Congress to repeal IPAB once and for all. Originally established by the Affordable Care Act, IPAB was designed to be a board of presidential appointees charged with recommending and making cuts to Medicare once the program’s spending hits an arbitrary level established by the law. Because members of IPAB have not been appointed by Presidents Obama or Trump, however, the authority to initiate significant cuts in Medicare spending is in the hands of the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

More information on these IPAB repeal efforts can be found on the Protect My Doctor and Me website.

Contact:    Frank Walsh