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News | 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.

In all likelihood, a piece of the act called the Independent Payment Advisory Board will be triggered in the spring of 2017, experts say.
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News | December 2nd, 2016

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.

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.
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News | December 1st, 2016

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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Polling/Data, Press Release | November 29th, 2016

More than 600 National and State Organizations Call On Congress to Repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board

IPAB Expected to Trigger in 2017 Threatens Seniors’ Healthcare; Nationwide Survey Shows 3 in 4 Americans Oppose Limiting Access to Care WASHINGTON, D.C. — More than 600 organizations – representing patients, employers, veterans, minority groups, and nearly every sector of American healthcare – are joining forces today to urge Congress to act swiftly in repealing […]
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Letter | November 29th, 2016

Coalition Letter to Congress Requesting the Repeal of IPAB

The undersigned organizations – representing Medicare beneficiaries and patients, all sectors of the healthcare industry as well as employers and other purchasers of health care – believe strongly that the Medicare program must protect patient access to quality healthcare. The Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), a provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), not only poses a threat to that access but also, once activated, will shift healthcare costs to consumers in the private sector and infringe upon the decision making responsibilities and prerogatives of the Congress. We request your support to repeal IPAB.
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