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.