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October 31, 2016

Repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB)

Sign the letter to Congress

In 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA [P.L. 111-148]) created the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), a board appointed by the President and empowered to make recommendations to cut spending in Medicare if its spending growth reaches certain arbitrary levels.

Over the last several years many of you have been supportive of efforts to repeal IPAB. To that end, there has been success in building support for repeal through co-sponsorship of IPAB repeal legislation, hearings, votes, teletownhalls, media, and our previous large group sign-on letter efforts.

While IPAB action has not been seen as imminent in past years, this provision is of such concern that it still needs to be repealed. There is a sense of urgency since the next Medicare Trustees report is expected to trigger IPAB into action and lead to proposed cuts in Medicare expenditures that would be extremely difficult for Congress to overturn.

We remain greatly concerned with the impact IPAB will have if implemented.  In order to make the most impact, our goal is to exceed the amount of signers on the previous group sign-on letter, which most recently had over 530 signers.  If you share our concerns, please consider adding your organization’s name to the letter to Congress.