December 4th, 2016
Some Say Medicare Access May Soon Be Threatened
Though it ensured millions of Americans now have health insurance, the Affordable Care Act did not stifle continuously skyrocketing health care costs. But one piece of the act may force drastic cuts to Medicare, and Medicare beneficiaries would ultimately pay the price, opponents say.
December 2nd, 2016
In all likelihood, a piece of the act called the Independent Payment Advisory Board will be triggered in the spring of 2017, experts say.
Hundreds of Healthcare Orgs Push Back against IPAB
More than 600 healthcare organizations called on Congress this week to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board.
December 1st, 2016
Efforts to repeal the board, which was created under the Affordable Care Act to control Medicare costs, moved through the House in 2015 but were ultimately shelved. The White House also issued a statement in 2015 saying if legislation aimed at repealing IPAB reached the President's desk, he would likely veto it.
Healthcare Groups Urge for Repeal of 'Death Panel'
A bipartisan coalition of hundreds of healthcare organizations is urging the new Congress to immediately repeal an advisory board that has not yet been filled but would be charged with finding cuts to Medicare.
The Independent Payment Advisory Board was created by the Affordable Care Act. During debate of the ACA, some opponents labeled the board a “death panel” that would make decision about end-of-life treatment. It is actually meant to make cuts to Medicare in the case that spending growth exceeds projections.
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