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

Congressman Erik Paulsen (R-MN) and Congressman Donald Payne (D-MN) this week introduced a bipartisan 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. H.Res. 812 affirms 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.

“Availability for our seniors and veterans to these treatments will help enable them to live fulfilling lives,” said Congressman Paulsen.“I’m pleased to join Congressman Payne in calling on 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.”

Minnesota sawalmost 3,000 new prostate cancer patients in just 2016 alone. Nationwide, some 3,000,000 men are expected to be living with prostate cancer by the end of 2018.Specialized urological restoration products 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.

“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.”

The full text of H.Res. 812 is available here.