Marilyn Moon Testifies Before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health About the Independent Payment Advisory Board

Washington, D.C. – Marilyn Moon, a senior vice president and director of the Health Program at the American Institutes for Research (AIR), testified March 6, 2012 before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health during a hearing examining how the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) – created to reduce the per capita growth rate in Medicare spending – will impact the Medicare program, its beneficiaries, and health care providers.

“While the IPAB raises a number of legitimate concerns, it can be a reasonable tool if appropriately applied,” said Moon, a nationally recognized expert on health care and Medicare, in her prepared remarks. “As compared to a privatized Medicare system, it offers many positives.”

Moon is a former public trustee for the Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds, and serves as chair of the 15-member Maryland Health Care Commission, an independent regulatory agency created by the Maryland General Assembly to streamline and improve the state’s health care regulatory system.

Read Moon’s prepared remarks to the subcommittee at www.air.org.

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Established in 1946, with headquarters in Washington, D.C., the American Institutes for Research (AIR) is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that conducts behavioral and social science research and delivers technical assistance both domestically and internationally in the areas of health, education, and workforce productivity. For more information, visit www.air.org.

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