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The National Catholic Bioethics Center
500 Groups Join the NCBC in Protecting Health Care Coverage
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 11:34:00 AM
© 2017 by The National Catholic Bioethics Center


500 Groups Join the NCBC in Protecting Health Care Coverage 

May 19, 2015


Over 500 healthcare, patient, employer, and veteran rights groups have joined The National Catholic Bioethics Center as signatories in an openletter to Congress calling for the repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB).  IPAB is responsible for making cuts to Medicare expenditures if program spending reaches a certain level established by statute. However, the IPAB is comprised of executive branch appointees.  Their recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services, if implemented, are not subject to judicial review. As the letter to Congress put it, “An unelected board without adequate oversight or accountability would be taking actions historically reserved for the public’s elected representatives in the U.S. House and Senate.”  Clearly, this is not in the best interest of our Nation’s health, especially the health of vulnerable persons whose only health care coverage is through Medicare.

To read the open letter to congress and see the NCBC named as signatory on page 11, click HERE.