AACU News & Notes
Congress Tackles Prostate Cancer
posted: January 28, 2020
PSA Screening for HIM Act, H.R. 5200
Representatives Bobby Rush (D-IL) and Larry Bucshon, M.D. (R-IN) introduced legislation at the end of last year to remove financial barriers that prevent men who are most at risk — African-Americans and those with a family history of prostate cancer — from getting screened for prostate cancer. The Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) Screening for High-risk Insured Men (HIM) Act (H.R. 5200) would require group health plans and health insurance issuers to provide coverage for prostate cancer screenings without cost-sharing requirements. This bill is necessitated by the current “C” rating that the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has recommended for PSA screening for prostate cancer, despite the rise in prostate cancer deaths since the task force discouraged PSA screening in 2012. The bill now has 24 cosponsors and is pending action in the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
If your Representative hasn’t signed onto the bill yet, please ask them to do so!
Call or Write Congress About H.R.5200
Prostate Cancer Misdiagnosis Elimination Act Update
Toward the end of 2019, Congress tried to include key provisions of another bill addressing prostate cancer in an end-of-year “health extenders” package.
The Prostate Cancer Misdiagnosis Elimination Act, introduced in previous sessions of Congress, would require Medicare cover the cost of DNA Specimen Provenance Assay (DSPA) testing, which confirms the results of needle biopsies and essentially eliminates prostate cancer misdiagnoses.
While the measure failed to advance at the end of 2019, the AACU is working with legislators to find a way to get the bill passed in the current session of Congress.
HEARTS Act of 2019
Rep. Thompson, Mike [D-CA-5] To provide for coverage of certain DNA specimen provenance assay tests under the Medicare program.
H.R.3416 / H.R.3429
HEARTS and Rural Relief Act
Rep. Sewell, Terri A. [D-AL-7] To provide for coverage of certain DNA specimen provenance assay tests under the Medicare program.
Prostate Cancer Misdiagnosis Elimination Act (115th Congress, 2017)
Other Bills in Congress Addressing Prostate Cancer
To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to enter into an agreement to conduct a study on radiation exposure relating to prostate cancer
Rep. Panetta, Jimmy [D-CA-20]
H.R.2200, Keeping Our Promises Act
To ensure that certain diseases, including prostate cancer, are covered by the presumption of service connection relating to Vietnam veterans’ exposure to herbicides.
Rep. Westerman, Bruce [R-AR-4]