Help us improve insurance coverage for the treatment of lymphedema.
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Help us improve insurance coverage for the treatment of lymphedema.

    1. Petition by

      Lymphedema Advocacy Group

My name is Jennifer Hovatter, and I became a widow at the age of 34 because my husband did not have insurance coverage for the treatment that could have prevented his death.   Because of this, I became a patient advocate and member of the Lymphedema Advocacy Group.  

My beloved Thomas developed a disease called lymphedema, which, left untreated results in massive swelling that leaves the patient susceptible to many serious complications.  My husband’s death should and could have been prevented!  After suffering with untreated lymphedema for four years Thomas developed an infection that eventually took his life at the young age of 43.

This happened because Medicare and many private insurance companies are currently not covering the lymphedema treatment items patients are prescribed to keep the disease under control.  Instead, these insurers cover treatment of the far more costly complications that could have been prevented.  This is nonsense – it is driving up healthcare costs and causing patients needless suffering, and in some cases, even loss of life.

Please help me change this!  There is a bill currently in Congress aiming to improve coverage for lymphedema treatment; for more information and to take further action visit

In Thomas’ memory, I have dedicated the rest of my life to helping other lymphedema patients.  Thank you for helping me achieve my dream by signing our petition.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Janice Richardson MIDDLETOWN, DE
      • 5 months ago

      I have lymphedema and find it difficult to pay for garments that are needed frequently to maintain it.

    • Kathleen Reinke MILWAUKEE, WI
      • 5 months ago

      My daughter has it so bad.

    • Denise LaBarre SOUTH WINDSOR, CT
      • 6 months ago

      After having Stage IV Breast Cancer I have lymphedema and know that my sleeves/gloves help me TREMENDOUSLY with the swelling and pain!

      • 6 months ago

      I have suffered from Lymphoedema for over 12 years in my stomach & legs, I am becoming more immobile & feel that I am losing my independence to fast, my husband has now become my Carer & helps & supports me to get around as much as possible, I don't know what I would do without the love & hugs that he gives me.

    • Ana Shereen Md Mustaffa KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
      • 6 months ago

      It inflicts pain and sufferring. It needs cure. It must be included in coverage


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