March 04, 2015
IPAB Repeal Legislation Introduced in House
On March 2, Congressman Phil Roe, M.D., (R-TN-01) and Congresswoman Linda Sánchez (D-CA-38) introduced legislation that would repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) created through the Affordable Care Act. ASA has strongly opposed the IPAB, which is a non-elected and largely unaccountable advisory board with unilateral powers to mandate reductions in Medicare Part B payments. The panel members have not yet been appointed.
ASA is also part of the Physician IPAB Repeal Coalition, which has endorsed this repeal legislation. Additionally, ASA joined the coalition on a letter to Reps. Roe and Sánchez in January endorsing legislation to repeal the IPAB, as “Leaving Medicare payment decisions in the hands of an unelected, unaccountable body with minimal congressional oversight will negatively affect timely access to quality health care for our country's senior citizens and the disabled.”
H.R. 1190 already has a bipartisan group of more than 200 cosponsors, and has been referred to the Committees on Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce, and Rules. Companion legislation was introduced in the Senate in January by Senator John Cornyn (R-TX). With strong bipartisan support, movement on this legislation to repeal IPAB is expected in the 114th Congress.
Find a full list of cosponsors of H.R. 1190 here.
Find a full list of cosponsors of the Senate companion legislation here.
More information on ASA’s position on the IPAB can be found on this one-pager.