Veterans Health CouncilPerspectives Friday, June 24th, 2011
“Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) and its Veterans Health Council(VHC) are deeply concerned about the impact the IPAB, as structured, will have on veteran patients’ access to quality health care.
We are concerned that the IPAB will have unprecedented power – with no right to appeal by those affected. With little oversight by any constitutionally recognized entity, the IPAB has the power to in effect change laws previously enacted by Congress. Also, the law specifically prohibits administrative or judicial review of theSecretary’s implementation of any recommendation contained in an IPAB proposal. This is unacceptable.”
“For those of us who literally put life and limb on the line in defense of the Constitution of the United States, this attempt to abrogate and/or nullify the Constitution is both unseemly and ill-advised on these grounds alone. And because of the way in which IPAB is designed, the bulk of any recommended spending reductions will almost certainly come in the form of payment cuts to Medicare providers. This will impact access to care and the use of innovative therapies for veterans – especially disabled veterans – under the VA’s fee-basis program; for active duty service members enrolled in TriCare; and for military retirees and catastrophically disabled wounded warriors enrolled in TriCare for life.”