Legislation to Improve Medicare Access for Texas Seniors Passes Ways and Means Committee

Washington – U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) issued this statement following the markup of the Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act of 2017 (H.R. 849) in the Committee on Ways and Means:


“Created through Obamacare, the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) – or ‘death panel’ as it’s often referred to – placed more Washington bureaucrats between Texas seniors and their doctors,” said Marchant. “I am encouraged by the steps we took today in the Ways and Means Committee to repeal IPAB and protect the Medicare services that seniors in my district rely on. This is just the latest step in ensuring access to high quality care for seniors in North Texas and throughout America.”


This legislation is sponsored by two physicians, Reps. Phil Roe (R-TN) and Raul Ruiz (D-CA). It would repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board originally established through Obamacare.