Congress Doesn't Want Medicare to Pay for Your Erectile Dysfunction

Men suffering from ED will lose access to

The inspector general at the Department of Health and Human Services issued a report in Dec. 30, 2013 that found that Medicare was paying more than double the market price for the pumps, which typically are available to consumers for about $150.

"Medicare payment amounts for VES [vacuum erection systems] remain grossly excessive compared with the amounts that non-Medicare payers pay," the report stated. "Medicare currently pays suppliers more than twice as much for VES as the Department of Veterans Affairs and consumers over the Internet pay for these types of devices."

So why add the provision in the ABLE Act? The new penis pump prohibition provision partially offsets the cost of tax-free savings accounts created for disabled Americans in the underlying legislation.

The House passed the bill Wednesday evening with overwhelming bipartisan vote, 404-17. The bill is expected to come up next week in the Senate, where there is also wide bipartisan support for the measure.