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Sebelius Can Take Place of Controversial Medicare Board, Say CRS

Washington, DC, May 17, 2013The Hill has reported that if congressional Republicans succeed in blocking a controversial new Medicare board created in the Affordable Care Act, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius can step in instead, according to the Congressional Research Service (CRS).

GOP leaders have resisted the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), a 15-member panel tasked with slowing the growth in Medicare spending.  The IPAB would make targeted cuts in Medicare’s payments to doctors and other providers.

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) recently said they would not recommend members for the IPAB, as the law asks them to.  The House’s internal rules also call for ignoring the IPAB’s proposed cuts.

But if Republican efforts to block the panel are effective, they could further empower Sebelius, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) said.

To read the complete story in The Hill, click here.