The following letter has been sent to the ranking members of the U.S. Senate who have been responsible for spearheading the health care reforms. Not only do I wish to share with you the actual letter, but I want you to take note of the wide level of support that these concerns have created within the prostate cancer community.
Joel T Nowak MA, MSW
July 16, 2009
The undersigned organizations commend Congress and the Administration
for seeking ways to extend health benefits to all Americans, and to
make prevention the cornerstone of that effort. However, we are
concerned that the health care needs of males, and the prostate cancer
community, are not adequately addressed in the legislation currently
being considered. We are also concerned that these bills appear to
preempt state benefit laws that now require private insurers to provide
a number of critical services, including tests for prostate cancer, the
number one cancer in men.
Men’s health and well-being has a crucial financial and social impact
within American families and communities. This impact is highlighted
by an Administration on Aging study which found that more than half the
elderly widows living in poverty were not poor before the death of