AUA Optimistic that 2013 Could Mark Major Progress to Advance Treatment, Awareness of Devastating War Injuries
On November 18, Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Roy Blunt (R-MO) introduced an amendment to the Senate version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA, S. 1197) that would require a comprehensive policy on improvements to care and transition of members of the armed forces with urotrauma. Earlier this year, the same amendment was introduced to the House version of the NDAA (H.R. 1960) by Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY). Rep. Guthrie has been a long-standing champion for the issue of urotrauma.
The Senate will be voting on the NDAA in the coming weeks, and then both chambers will move to conference on the bill, a major piece of annual legislation that specifies the expenditures and budget of the U.S. Department of Defense. Barring any major issues, it is indeed possible that we will be victorious in our long-standing mission to raise awareness of and improve care for our nation’s veterans with urotraumatic injury, which accounts for up to 10 percent of all war-related injuries.
The amendment to the Senate version of the NDAA marks a major milestone in this key AUA legislative priority, and AUA leaders are urging members to contact their members of Congress to urge their support of NDAA Amendment 2132 (S. 1197), regardless of whether they regularly treat veterans with urotrauma.
“Even as Congress deals with the issues of the sustainable growth rate, healthcare reform and more, one area where we can stand in common ground is the care of our nations veterans,” said AUA Legislative Affairs Committee Chair Jim Ulchaker, MD. “Remember, a conversation that you have today about urotrauma could open the door for a conversation about the SGR tomorrow.”
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