IPAB Will Not Be Triggered Until 2021, Medicare Trustees Report
July 20, 2017
On July 13, Medicare Trustees released their annual report predicting that, due to slower than expected growth in Medicare spending, the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) will not be triggered until 2021.
As you may know, IPAB was first proposed as part of the Affordable Care Act, and has remained a controversial entity with bipartisan opposition in Congress. According to last year’s report, IPAB was expected to be triggered this year, and since the Board had never been formed, HHS Secretary Price would have been solely responsible for finding over a billion dollars’ worth of cuts to Medicare for FY 2018 alone.
CLSA opposed the creation of the IPAB when it was proposed as part of the ACA, and we have been advocating for its repeal ever since. We are strongly supportive of legislation championed by California Rep. Raul Ruiz, MD (D-Palm Springs) – H.R. 849, the Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act – and have worked to secure 20 additional bipartisan members of the California Congressional Delegation as cosponsors of the bill: Reps. Nanette Barragán (D-Carson), Ami Bera, M.D. (D-Sacramento), Julia Brownley (D-Thousand Oaks), Ken Calvert (R-Corona), Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara), Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley), Paul Cook (R-Yucaipa), Jeff Denham (R-Modesto), Duncan Hunter (R-El Cajon), Darrell Issa (R-Vista), Steve Knight (R-Santa Clarita), Doug LaMalfa (R-Oroville), Ted Lieu (D-Santa Monica), Devin Nunes (R-Fresno), Scott Peters (D-San Diego), Ed Royce (R-Brea), and Linda Sánchez (D-Cerritos), Norma Torres (D-Pomona), David Valadao (R-Hanford) and Mimi Walters (R-Irvine).
CLSA’s letter of endorsement is available here, and our grassroots advocacy “Take Action” campaign is online here. We will continue to urge our California delegation to support the swift and full repeal of IPAB. Questions? Please contact Adam Lotspike, CLSA’s Associate Director of Federal Government Relations (Alotspike@califesciences.org).