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IPAB Pushback Centers on Power, Politics

Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, July 20, 2011

What's going to happen? HR 452 has been going nowhere fast, even with more than one-third of the House signed on as co-sponsors. It was introduced in January 2011 and referred to the House Subcommittee on Health in February where it still sits. Despite the recent hearing, the subcommittee hasn't scheduled a vote on the bill.

At one time there was a push to attach the bill to legislation raising the debt-ceiling but that seems unlikely given the way debt ceiling debate has been going. But there's still a chance that an amendment to repeal of IPAB could be attached to any number of bills. There has been some talk of reviving a version of HR 452 for the Fall when debt ceiling crisis is resolved (hopefully) and more attention can be focused on IPAB.

See Also:

Sebelius: IPAB Will Not Shift Costs or Ration Care
Controversial IPAB braces for continued battles over Medicare
Obama Deficit Reduction Plan Prompts Call for Repeal of IPAB  

Margaret Dick Tocknell is a reporter/editor with HealthLeaders Media.
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