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Lymphedema Treatment Act

The Lymphedema Treatment Act (S.518), introduced by Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Todd Young (R-IN) currently has 67 cosponsors.  While the House bill (H.R. 1948), introduced by Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), currently has 352 cosponsors.  This is a tremendous amount of support and a strong indication that this important legislation can pass the Congress this session.  Thank you to all our WOCN members who sent letters to Congress asking for support…your advocacy is paying off. Currently the Leadership of the Congress have asked the Congressional Budget Office to review the legislation to assign it a cost score.


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. The Lymphedema Treatment Act will improve coverage for the treatment of lymphedema from any cause by amending Medicare statute to allow for coverage of compression supplies. The WOCN Society strongly supports the Lymphedema Treatment Act; 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.

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