Tuesday, March 18, 2014

March is Lymphedema Awareness Month

Lymphedema is the fluid that is retained in your body, but mostly appendages, after cancer surgery, radiation and/or chemotherapy. 

There is treatment, which includes compression garments and manual lymphnode drainage massage therapy, however, Medicare and many other insurance policies do not pay for these garments and treatments, often leaving patients to suffer infections and increased disability.

HR3877, is currently being debated in the House of Representatives and if passed into legislation, the bill will set a precedent for insurers to follow and cover the cost of medically necessary compression supplies.

Contact your congressmen and senators and stress the importance of standing behind this bill. 

To write your representative now, go here for an easy interactive form from the Lymphedema Treatment Act Organization.

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