Thompson Cosponsored Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act Passes House

June 23, 2015
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives approved H.R. 1190, the bipartisan Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act.  This legislation would repeal the sections of the Affordable Care Act that establish the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), a group of fifteen unelected members tasked with instituting cost constraints on Medicare.

“The Independent Payment Advisory Board established under the Affordable Care Act is a bad deal for older Pennsylvanians and in no way helps to preserve or strengthen Medicare for future generations,” said Congressman Thompson.  “Repealing this provision will allow Congress, not backroom bureaucrats, to make decisions when it comes to the healthcare of our nation’s seniors,” Thompson added.  

The Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act has the support of more than 500 organizations representing providers, patients, and the business community.

H.R. 1190 passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 244-154.