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    AUA’s USPSTF reform efforts continue

    Organization seeks Congressional Black Caucus’ support


    AUA reaches out to African-Americans

    Whether that legislation or other modifications to the USPSTF will be approved by Congress, even with a Trump administration bent on reducing regulatory burdens generally, remains to be seen. But Dr. Rechtschaffen said the AUA continues to push for passage and has reached out to members of the Congressional Black Caucus seeking their support.

    Given the higher incidence rate of prostate cancer in the African-American population, the availability of the PSA test around the country is especially important to this community, he said. As a result, the AUA met in August with the health staff of Reps. Mia Love (R-UT), Robin Kelly (D-IL), David Scott (D-GA), and Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE). Kelly chairs the Congressional Black Caucus’ Health Braintrust.

    That initiative, Dr. Rechtschaffen said, is just part of a broad initiative by the AUA to raise awareness within the African-American community about prostate cancer and the need for men to be tested.

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    “Many of us in the AUA decided that we had to start a grassroots effort to reach out to other physicians to emphasize that the PSA test is needed,” he said. “We’ve spoken in black churches, too, because the USPSTF’s recommendations are particularly dangerous to African-Americans.”

    In addition to the meetings with members of the Congressional Black Caucus, the AUA has continued a series of meetings with members of the House Committee of Ways and Means to familiarize them with the association’s legislative priorities, including USPSTF reform and the need to address the physician work force shortage. AUA representatives also met in August with legislative staff of previous USPSTF reform bill sponsors, urging their continued support. They included Reps. John Culberson (R-TX), Rod Blum (R-IA), and Jeff Denham (R-CA).

    “I think the bill has good bipartisan support, certainly in the House,” said Dr. Rechtschaffen. “It doesn’t cost any money. It’s not a partisan issue. This is a good bill that should be passable.”

    He urged his fellow urologists to join in the fight for the legislation by contacting their congressmen and senators and coming to Washington to participate in meetings on Capitol Hill.

    “This has to be a grassroots effort,” he said. “Help us push this bill forward.”

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    Bob Gatty
    Bob Gatty, a former congressional aide, covers news from Washington for Urology Times.


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