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House Ways and Means Committee Passes IPAB Repeal Legislation

On Oct. 4, by a vote of 24-13, the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee passed H.R. 849, the Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act out of committee. Sponsored by Rep. Phil Roe, MD (R-Tenn.), and Rep. Raul Ruiz, MD (D-Calif.), this bipartisan legislation would repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). The IPAB is charged with making steep cuts to the Medicare program, thus adversely affecting seniors’ ability to see their trusted physicians and get the care they need when they need it. Earlier this year, the AANS and CNS joined the Physician IPAB Repeal Coalition, the Alliance of Specialty Medicine and more than 800 health care stakeholder organizations in endorsing this legislation. The AANS and CNS issued a press release applauding the committee for its leadership on IPAB repeal. The House Energy and Commerce Committee was also scheduled to consider the bill, but did not ultimately do so because the Ways and Means Committee had already acted, making further action unnecessary. Repealing the IPAB is one of organized neurosurgery’s top legislative priorities.