HEARING ADVISORY: Chairman Herger Announces Hearing on the Independent Payment Advisory Board

March 6, 2012 — Hearing Advisory   

House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Chairman Wally Herger (R-CA) today announced that the Subcommittee on Health will hold a hearing to examine how the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) will impact the Medicare program, its beneficiaries, and health care providers.  The hearing will take place on Tuesday, March 6, 2012, in 1100 Longworth House Office Building, beginning at 10:00 A.M.  

In view of the limited time available to hear from witnesses, oral testimony at this hearing will be from invited witnesses only.  However, any individual or organization not scheduled for an oral appearance may submit a written statement for consideration by the Committee and for inclusion in the printed record of the hearing.  A list of witnesses will follow.


The health care overhaul created IPAB to “reduce the per capita growth rate in Medicare spending.”  This 15-member board, which will consist of unelected, Presidentially-appointed members, will make recommendations as early as January 15, 2014, to cut Medicare spending if the per capita Medicare spending rate is expected to exceed an economic growth rate over a five-year period.  IPAB’s recommended Medicare cuts are “fast tracked” in Congress and will go into effect unless Congress amends IPAB’s recommendations with legislation that produces the same level of savings.

In announcing the hearing, Chairman Herger stated, “One of Congress’ most important responsibilities is to oversee the Medicare program and protect its beneficiaries.  When Democrats created this panel, they chose to empower unelected bureaucrats at the expense of patients and their doctors.  IPAB robs Medicare beneficiaries of their voice and stifles their Constitutionally-mandated representation.  Our seniors and those with disabilities deserve more than nameless political appointees who will deny care if they decide it costs too much.  This hearing will allow the Subcommittee to fully understand the impact this ill-conceived rationing board will have on Medicare beneficiaries and their health care providers.”


The hearing will examine the impact Sections 3403 and 10320 of the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” (P.L. 111-148) will have on the Medicare program, its beneficiaries, and health care providers.  


Please Note: Any person(s) and/or organization(s) wishing to submit for the hearing record must follow the appropriate link on the hearing page of the Committee website and complete the informational forms.  From the Committee homepage, https://waysandmeans.house.gov, select “Hearings.”  Select the hearing for which you would like to submit, and click on the link entitled, “Click here to provide a submission for the record.”  Once you have followed the online instructions, submit all requested information.  ATTACH your submission as a Word document, in compliance with the formatting requirements listed below, by the close of business on Tuesday, March 20, 2012.  Finally, please note that due to the change in House mail policy, the U.S. Capitol Police will refuse sealed-package deliveries to all House Office Buildings.  For questions, or if you encounter technical problems, please call (202) 225-1721 or (202) 225-3625.


The Committee relies on electronic submissions for printing the official hearing record.  As always, submissions will be included in the record according to the discretion of the Committee.  The Committee will not alter the content of your submission, but we reserve the right to format it according to our guidelines.  Any submission provided to the Committee by a witness, any supplementary materials submitted for the printed record, and any written comments in response to a request for written comments must conform to the guidelines listed below.  Any submission or supplementary item not in compliance with these guidelines will not be printed, but will be maintained in the Committee files for review and use by the Committee.

1. All submissions and supplementary materials must be provided in Word format and MUST NOT exceed a total of 10 pages, including attachments.  Witnesses and submitters are advised that the Committee relies on electronic submissions for printing the official hearing record.

2. Copies of whole documents submitted as exhibit material will not be accepted for printing. Instead, exhibit material should be referenced and quoted or paraphrased.  All exhibit material not meeting these specifications will be maintained in the Committee files for review and use by the Committee.

3. All submissions must include a list of all clients, persons and/or organizations on whose behalf the witness appears.  A supplemental sheet must accompany each submission listing the name, company, address, telephone, and fax numbers of each witness.

The Committee seeks to make its facilities accessible to persons with disabilities.  If you are in need of special accommodations, please call 202-225-1721 or 202-226-3411 TTD/TTY in advance of the event (four business days notice is requested).  Questions with regard to special accommodation needs in general (including availability of Committee materials in alternative formats) may be directed to the Committee as noted above.
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