Our Priority: Improve Prostate Cancer Care and Reserach & Ensure Equitable Infertility Care for Wounded Warriors and Veterans
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. 4880/S. 2720 the Veteran’s Prostate Cancer Treatment and Research Act – introduced by Reps. Neal Dunn, MD (R-FL-02) and Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS) – 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. 4450/S. 2352), 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 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.