IPAB’s Tough Road Ahead Shown As Republicans Opt Not To Help Find Members
This article was originally published in The Pink Sheet Daily
House Speaker Boehner and Senate Majority Leader McConnell “respectfully decline” the president’s request to submit names of individuals to serve on the Medicare Independent Payment Advisory Board.
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