Every year that Congress fails to past the Lymphedema Treatment Act, hundreds of thousands of people go without essential medical supplies and compression garments to treat their lymphedema. We need your help to get Medicare to cover compression supplies, so people have the treatment they need for what can be a painful and disabling swelling condition that results from breast cancer treatment.
It’s been almost ten years since the Lymphedema Treatment Act was first introduced to Congress. Now, thanks to a new House rule, we have an opportunity for a guaranteed vote if the bill gets 290 cosponsors. Last year, we reached 385 House cosponsors and we’re already halfway to having the number of cosponsors we need this year.
At least one in five women who are treated for breast cancer develop lymphedema after having lymph nodes removed or damaged by radiation.
Medicare, and consequently many other policies, don’t cover the medically necessary doctor-prescribed compression supplies used daily in lymphedema treatment. The Lymphedema Treatment Act would amend Medicare statute to allow for coverage of compression supplies—setting a precedent for other insurers to do the same.
Join Breast Cancer Action and our partners at the Lymphedema Advocacy Group in calling on members of Congress to cosponsor the Lymphedema Treatment Act.
The Lymphedema Treatment Act is an active bill in the current 116th Congress, which runs from the beginning of 2019 to the end of 2020. The Senate bill was introduced on 2/14/19 and assigned a bill number of S.518. The House bill was introduced on 3/28/19 and assigned a bill number of H.R.1948.