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IPAB cuts to Medicare

Levin introduces bill to expand Medicare benefits

BY CONGRESSIONAL SPOKESPERSON: Rep. Sander Levin (MI-09), Ranking Member of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health, today introduced the Medicare Dental, Vision, and Hearing Benefit Act of 2017. The bill would repeal the statutory exclusion on coverage of important items and services and expand the Medicare benefit package to include dental, vision, and hearing care. (read more)

The little known threat that could change Medicare this August

BY TOMMY THOMPSON AND VIC FAZIO: The Medicare program and seniors’ health benefits face an imminent looming threat unless Republicans and Democrats in Congress can work together to address it — because time is running out.

The threat comes in the form of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). The panel of presidential appointees, created under the Affordable Care Act, is charged with making cuts to Medicare if the program’s spending hits a certain arbitrary level. (read more)

How do Medicare Advantage beneficiary payments vary with tenure?

BY PAUL D. JACOBS AND EAMON MOLLOY: Medicare Advantage beneficiaries could reduce their exposure to healthcare spending by switching to plans with lower premiums, although there may well be rational reasons for paying costs in excess of those of the lowest-cost plan. (read more)

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