Learn more below about the legislative representatives
who are sponsoring Medicaid & Medicare reform bills to protect people who use catheters.
Thank you for supporting the BetterCaths Act and related legislative bills.
The Better Caths for Iowa Act
Sponsored by Iowa State Senator Josh Turek - (D)
Born with Spina Bifida, Josh is a four-time Paralympian and the first person who uses a wheelchair to be elected to the Iowa State Legislature.
"Bladder cancer took the life of Dale Ericksen, my wheelchair basketball coach at Southwestern Minnesota State University," Josh shares.
"I introduced this bill to improve health equity for Iowans with disabilities," he adds. "I encourage state and federal representatives, nationwide, to introduce similar legislation."
The BetterCaths for Iowa Act places an immediate ban on reimbursement of catheters that have Prop 65 warning labels, and requires Iowa Medicaid to review the historical bladder cancer rate and correlating brands of catheters used by their patients.
It's time to get involved.
Support Josh's legislative bill as he strives to protect
Iowans who have disabilities!
Were you educated by a medical professional about Prop 65 carcinogen warning labels on some catheters, before you began using them?
If the answer is no, you're not alone.
In a 2022 survey, 90% of catheter users reported they did not have the opportunity to choose alternatives to catheters with carcinogen warning labels.
Even worse, they were not told by their doctor or catheter supplier if the catheter they presently use has a Prop 65 carcinogen warning.
Share your experience to help us inform legislators and Medicaid/Medicare directors on what needs to be done about this critical patient education need.
If you use an indwelling catheter
you will have that piece of rubber inside your body
With these numbers, do you think it's a good idea to use a catheter that has a carcinogen warning label?