Congressman revives bill to repeal Medicare board
WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., on Jan. 23 reintroduced a bill to repeal an Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) tasked with reining in Medicare spending. The House of Representatives, but not the Senate, passed Roe’s original bill. Roe believes the IPAB, which was created by the Affordable Care Act, intervenes in the patient-doctor relationship. “I will continue to push for a full repeal of the IPAB, and I look forward to working with my colleagues—both Republicans and Democrats—to protect and preserve Medicare,” he stated in a prepared release. Roe is reintroducing the bill, H.R. 351, the Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act, with 83 original bipartisan co-sponsors.