Our Priority: Improve Prostate Cancer Care and Reserach & Ensure Equitable Infertility Care for Wounded Warriors and Veterans
News & Updates
Veteran's Prostate Cancer Treatment and Research Act Passes House
On September 22, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 6092, the Veteran's Prostate Cancer Treatment and Research Act by a unanimous vote. The AUA has actively supported this bill since its introduction in March 2020.
Read the press release.
House VA Committee Holds Hearing on H.R. 6092
On September 10, the House Committee on Veteran’s Affairs held a hearing on a number of bills, including the Veteran’s Prostate Cancer Treatment and Research Act (H.R. 6092). The AUA submitted a statement on the record in support of this important bill.
Read the statement [pdf]
Why the Issue Matters
Infertility is a disease that impacts countless individuals and families. In fact, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in eight couples experience difficulty getting pregnant or sustaining a pregnancy. Additionally, there is a disconnection between soldiers who fought for our country and were injured and their ability to access fertility treatment. The Veterans Administration has no mechanism to cover fertility treatment, the AUA continues to make this one of our major priorities. Also, prostate cancer is the leading cancer diagnosis in the Veterans Health Administration, and currently, over 488,000 veterans are receiving care for prostate cancer.
What the AUA is Doing
H.R. 6092, the Veteran’s Prostate Cancer Treatment and Research Act – introduced by Reps. Neal Dunn, MD (R-FL-02) and Joe Cunningham (D-SC-01) – would:
- Direct the Department of Veterans Affairs to establish a clinical pathway for prostate cancer across the public and private sector;
- Ensure that the Department continues to engage in prostate cancer research; and
- Create a real-time registry to:
- Track patient progress;
- Further develop clinical pathways, and
- Allow access to cutting edge clinical trials
The Access to Infertility Treatment and Care Act (H.R. 2803/S. 1461), introduced by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-03) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), would provide those who receive their healthcare through government-sponsored health plans, including TRICARE, the VA, the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program and others, to have coverage for infertility services. Provides access to vital fertility preservation services for those, like cancer patients, who are at risk of infertility due to medical treatments such as chemotherapy and surgery.
The Women Veterans and Families Health Services Act (H.R. 955/S. 319), introduced by Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA-02) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), would permanently allow veterans with a service-connected injury causing infertility to access IVF medical treatments, which the Department of Veterans Affairs is currently offering via a temporary appropriation that must be renewed every year.
The AUA partners with RESOLVE – The National Infertility Association to address various infertility issues impacting civilians around the country and members of the U.S. military.