Lymphedema Treatment Act of 2019

Lymphedema Treatment Act of 2019

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Kendall Neuberger started this petition to Health Care Providers and

Lymphedema is a condition of localized fluid retention and tissue swelling that is caused when the lymphatic system is damaged or blocked. Currently, between 3 and 5 million people in the United States suffer from lymphedema. A significant number of these individuals develop lymphedema from cancer and its treatment. Like everything in the medical field, supplies and the necessary durable medical equipment necessary to treat and prevent lymphedema can become quite pricey over time, especially when the cost of this equipment is added on top of other treatments such as chemotherapy or other co-morbidities. 

The Lymphedema Treatment Act of 2019 is a bill that was started with hopes to help those diagnosed with Lymphedema. This bill hopes to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for Medicare coverage of certain lymphedema compression treatment items as items of durable medical equipment. This policy will make items such as custom or standard fit gradient compression garments, directional flow pads, bandaging systems, and other necessary equipment aids more accessible to these individuals.

Currently, equipment such as non-elastic and low-elastic compression garments, compression wraps, and directional flow pads are not covered under medicare for individuals with lymphedema. As people with lymphedema need to constantly wrap their legs, the cost of this equipment can add up and become costly. It is also not something that everyone may be able to afford even though it may be crucial to improving their current health condition. As a future healthcare provider, and seeing individuals with this condition first hand, this is an important cause to me, so please sign this petition to support those with Lymphedema!

 

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