It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…

Not really.  It’s time to reorder socks.   I hate reordering socks, especially the first order in the new year.  I think we have met our deductible.  (I had have a MRI and colonoscopy earlier this year. They were kinda pricey.  Yay,  turning 40?) I hate the whole sock thing, but I know I need to wear them.  I miss real socks…The soft, warm kind, millions of people wear everyday and take for granted.

My first few years, I got the black compression socks.  I would kind of tell myself I was like the cool young kids.  The trend at the time was the long black athletic socks  with the basketball shorts.   I seem to have moved into beige land.   The last two times I have ordered socks, I have asked for black socks, but have gotten the dreaded beige.   I hate to return them and have them replaced, because they are custom ordered and take forever to get.

The whole garment thing sucks too…its kinda geared towards the ladies.   Knee-highs, thigh highs, and panty hose doesn’t sound like anything most guys want to wear.   My wife doesn’t help anything and calls them sexy socks.   I’m just grateful we have decent enough insurance these days and I’m not paying the $600 a pair for them anymore.



Lymphedema Treatment Act

Having lymphedema isn’t cheap.  There are all these wrappings,Custom or Standard Fit garments,  Non Elastic/Low Elastic Compression Garments, therapy (physical and sometimes mental), and compression therapy pumps.  They are all very expensive and most insurance doesn’t pay for them.


This is where the Lymphedema Treatment Act comes in.

Why this Legislation is Needed

Currently, Medicare, and consequently many other insurances, do not cover one of the critical components of lymphedema treatment, the medically necessary doctor-prescribed compression supplies used daily in lymphedema treatment.

What the Lymphedema Treatment Act Will Do

The Lymphedema Treatment Act (LTA) will improve coverage for the treatment of lymphedema from any cause by amending Medicare statute to allow for coverage of compression supplies. Although this legislation relates specifically to a change in Medicare law, it would set a precedent for Medicaid and private insurers to follow.

Ask Your Members of Congress to Support the Lymphedema Treatment Act

This is a patient-driven, grassroots effort and our success depends on people just like you getting involved! Please consult our How You Can Help menu to the left, and use the resource materials provided below, to persuade your members of Congress to cosponsor this bill.

I am a State advocate for Maryland.  I have been for about three years now.   Even with my wife’s health issuance we are still shelling out about $1200 a year for compression stockings.  It also helps make people aware of what lymphedema is and and how it affects people.

Sadly, in my Congressional district, my congressman, who what a doctor, doesn’t support the LTA.  He hears from me a lot, in email, on Twitter, and on Facebook.  I like to think of myself as a yappy little dog chewing on his pant leg. The more I bother him, the more likely he may be to listen to me.