Bipartisan Paulsen-Payne Measure Protects Quality of Life for Prostate Cancer Survivors

Apr 11, 2018 Issues: Health Care

Washington – Congressman Donald Payne, Jr. (D-MN) and Congressman Erik Paulsen (R-MN) yesterday introduced a measure to protect needed benefits for prostate cancer survivors by urging Congress to preserve Medicare and Department of Veterans Affairs coverage of urological devices and treatments associated with their recovery. It continues to urge that any coverage decisions regarding the use of these treatments should be “based on data and made after careful review by medical experts”.

Examples of such treatments include prosthetic urologic interventions, reconstructive surgeries and artificial prosthesis.

“I am proud to introduce this resolution to recognize the importance of devices that help people cope with the side effects of prostate cancer treatment,” said Congressman Payne, Jr. “While today’s prostate cancer treatments increase survival outcomes, they can also cause negative side effects, such as lasting incontinence and impotence. There are more than 2.9 million men currently living with prostate cancer in the United States, and I strongly urge my colleagues to support this resolution to help improve those people’s lives.”

“Minnesota saw almost 3,000 new prostate cancer patients in just 2016 alone,” said Congressman Paulsen. “Nationwide, some 3,000,000 men are expected to be living with prostate cancer by the end of 2018. Specialized urological restoration products available today can prevent or reduce the impact of side effects like incontinence and impotence. These treatments can also help those with other conditions such as heart disease, diabetes or Parkinson’s, as well. Their availability to our seniors and veterans are critical to their quality of life and enabling them to live fulfilling lives. I’m pleased to join Congressman Payne in urging Congress to protect Medicare and VA coverage of these treatments and ensuring that decisions about their use rest in the hands of doctors and medical experts. I hope more of our colleagues from both sides of the aisle join us in this effort.”

The full text of the resolution can be found here.