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Support the Medicare Coverage of Compression Therapy: The Lymphedema Treatment Act

Friday, December 11, 2015   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Becky Dryden
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Dear WOCN Society Members and Non-members,

As you may know, the Society is a strong supporter of legislation that is currently before Congress. The Lymphedema Treatment Act would provide Medicare coverage for compression therapy. We are pleased to announce that this legislation (H.R. 1608) now has a companion bill in the U.S. Senate (S. 2373). This legislation was recently introduced by Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Mark Kirk (R-IA). Thanks to your help, the House bill currently has 170 cosponsors, and now we need to increase our sponsor numbers on the newly introduced Senate bill.

Please take a moment to ask your members of Congress to cosponsor H.R. 1608 or S. 2373, and if your member(s) are already a sponsor, please thank them for their support. We are proud to be collaborating with the Lymphedema Advocacy Group on this important legislation, and they have provided an easy way for you to contact your members of Congress below:

  • Individuals can send an email letter to their Senators and Representative in one easy step (template language provided) by going to

Lymphedema and other conditions, such as venous leg ulcers (VLU), can be controlled by the use of compression therapy; in fact, compression therapy is considered the gold standard for treatment of lymphedema and for the prevention of VLU. The medical literature supports appropriate compression as a means to reduce the incidence of costly recurrence of both of these afflictions. It is imperative that Medicare start covering this proven therapy. Please take a moment to help.

Thank you.

The WOCN Society National Office


Connie Hazelbower says...
Posted Sunday, December 13, 2015
This has been a long time coming, and it's great to see it finally becoming a reality! Thank you to everyone who has put forth the effort to help bring this huge problem to light for Congress to finally see and acknowledge. Medicare providing financial support in quality of life and prevention of painful VLU wounds... how awesome this will be for each of our affected patients, families as well as caregivers!

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