Sending Office: Honorable Donald M. Payne, Jr.
Sent By:
Steven.Schultz@mail.house.gov

Join the Congressional PAD Caucus

Dear Colleague:

 

As co-chairs of the newly established bipartisan Congressional Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Caucus, we invite you to become a member of the Caucus in the 116th Congress.

 

The economic burden of PAD in the U.S. has been estimated to be greater than diabetes, coronary artery disease, and cancer, yet most people in America have never heard of the disease.  PAD is a circulatory deficiency that leads to blockages in the blood
vessels that supply the lower extremities and can lead to amputations.  Due to a lack of awareness and poor health education among patients and providers, there is a significant amount of preventable and unnecessary amputations relating to PAD.  For this reason,
the Caucus will be focused on raising awareness of health issues of people suffering from PAD through educational opportunities and briefings for members of Congress and their staff.  Today, 20 million Americans have PAD and an estimated 200,000 of them –
disproportionately minorities – suffer avoidable amputations every year.   Most of these amputations are preventable if PAD is screened and diagnosed early. 

 

Reducing unnecessary amputations is a priority of the Caucus.  Patients who undergo amputations have shorter life expectancies and exchange independence and functionality for chronic physical ailments, high death rate, and a costly dependency on our burdened
health care system.  The Caucus will work to raise Congress’s commitment to researching alternatives to amputations and work to ensure that PAD issues have a place in our federal government’s health care priorities.  Specifically, the Caucus will work to raise
awareness, ensure early screenings for at risk patient populations, incent multidisciplinary care, and pursue legislation or regulations, as appropriate, to avoid unnecessary amputations.  This effort will be strengthened by creating a dialogue between Congress
and experts in the medical field.

 

Eliminating racial disparities in PAD treatment will also be a focus of the Caucus.  The amputation rate among black Medicare beneficiaries is nearly three times higher than the rate among other beneficiaries.  Hispanics and Native Americans also are disproportionately
impacted by higher amputation rates.  Because minority populations are disproportionately affected by PAD, it is vitally important to ensure that these communities have better access to quality care that would prevent such amputations.

 

For more information or to join the bipartisan Congressional PAD Caucus, please contact Steven Schultz of Representative Payne, Jr.’s staff at
Steven.Schultz@mail.house.gov or Shayne Woods of Representative Bilirakis’s staff at
Shayne.Woods@mail.house.gov.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

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DONALD M. PAYNE, JR.                                                                    GUS M. BILIRAKIS

Member of Congress                                                                          Member of Congress

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