Recently the WOCN Board of Directors approved a new policy position paper which encourages expanded Medicare coverage of compression stockings. The document, which can be found here and on the WOCN Society's website in the Public Library, specifically endorses The Lymphedema Treatment Act (HR 3877) which is currently before the United States Congress. HR 3877 would allow Medicare coverage of the compression supplies needed for the treatment of lymphedema and reduce recurrence of VLUs.
Currently Medicare does not cover provider-prescribed compression therapy supplies for the treatment and prevention lymphedema or prevention of Venous Leg Ulcer (VLU) recurrence. WOCN believes that comprehensive coverage of compression therapy represents the best clinical and cost effective practice for treatment of VLU and believes that expanded coverage of compression is both cost effective and clinically appropriate. Please review the policy paper for additional details and feel free to contact the WOCN Society's Director of Government Relations, Chris Rorick firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.