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Send Your Members of Congress a Message

Wednesday, October 25, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Becky Carroll
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The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society™ (WOCN®) has identified access to wound, ostomy and continence supplies as a public policy and advocacy priority.
The Lymphedema Treatment Act continues to gain support in the 115th Congress, but we need to add more members of the Senate as cosponsors. The legislation (H.R. 930 / S. 497) would amend Medicare statute to pay for compression garments, bandages and supplies to reduce lymphedema-related swelling and prevent recurrence. Since being introduced in February, the bill has added 282 cosponsors in the House and 40 cosponsors in the Senate. These are impressive numbers thanks to your support, but we need more to ensure this legislation passes Congress.

YOU CAN HELP. Please send your members of Congress a message urging support for the Lymphedema Treatment Act. Follow this link to send your message and make your voice heard.

As you well know, compression therapy is considered the gold standard for the treatment of lymphedema and the treatment and prevention of venous leg ulcers (VLUs), also known as stasis ulcers. In an effort to customize compression therapy for individuals with chronic venous insufficiency, the WOCN Society developed the Compression for Primary Prevention, Treatment and Prevention of Recurrence of Venous Leg Ulcers, an evidence- and consensus-based algorithm.

The WOCN Society strongly supports the Lymphedema Treatment Act, as this legislation reflects the vision and core tenets of the Society as a means to support cost-effective, evidence-based prevention and treatment of complex wound conditions such as VLUs and lymphedema. The Society has also prepared a white paper on Medicare coverage of compression therapy.
Thank you again for your support.


Kate Lawrence, MSN, RN, CWOCN
Public Policy and Advocacy Coordinator

Chris Rorick, MPA
Director of Government Relations
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