Lymphedema Treatment Act
Ask your Member of Congress to Include The Lymphedema Treatment Act (H.R. 3630/S.1315) in the Budget Reconciliation Package
For the last several sessions of Congress WOCN has been a strong supporter of the Lymphedema Treatment Act. This legislation has now be reintroduced in the 117th Congress and we need your support. There is an opportunity to advance this legislation now. This important legislation is needed because the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will not cover compression therapy, either for the treatment of Lymphedema or for the prevention of VLUs, despite the large scope of the problem.
WOCN believes Congress should consider the direct and indirect costs associated with the current suboptimal treatment of the 1.4-3 million Medicare beneficiaries estimated to suffer from lymphedema, and the approximately 500,000 additional patients suffering from VLUs. Lack of access to the gold standard needed to treat these conditions results in many beneficiaries suffering from recurrent infections, progressive degradation in their condition and, too often, disability. We need to pass this important legislation so that CMS is granted the statutory authority to cover compression therapy.
We need you to contact your members of Congress and urge them to speak to Leadership and Committees Chairs about including the Lymphedema Treatment Act in the upcoming budget reconciliation package. This process is simple and quick and can be done through our website.