Rep. Phil Roe, MD, (R-Tenn.) has re-introduced H.R. 351, the Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act, which would repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB).
The bill is supported by 83 co-sponsors from both political parties, including Democratic lead co-sponsor Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa.). Current law requires the creation of the 15-member IPAB and invests it with the authority to impose across-the-board cuts to Medicare payments to physicians and other health care professionals.
Last Congress, Roe’s standalone legislation to repeal the IPAB had more than 230 cosponsors, including 20 Democrats, and passed the House, as part of H.R. 5.
For more about IPAB, please read "IPAB: The next healthcare reform fight."