National Military Veterans AlliancePerspectives Thursday, June 30th, 2011
The National Military Veterans Alliance (NMVA), representing 35 military and veterans associations with a combined membership of over 3.5 million members, writes to express our deep concern about the impact the Medicare Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) will have on veterans, military retirees and their families and to ask for your support of H.R. 452, a bill to repeal establishment of the IPAB.
As you know, almost one third of our nation’s 25 million veterans are over the age of 65, and the vast majority of them live in households in which at least one person receives Medicare benefits. Thus the impact of any change in Medicare services is felt both immediately and directly by them. Moreover, because Medicare reimbursement rates and coverage determinations are standard measures for some provisions of TRICARE as well as a number of private insurance programs, we have real concerns about IPAB’s indirect impact upon military retirees now and particularly in the future as its scope of authority expands. READ FULL ARTICLE