Welcome to the Lymphedema Treatment Act website!
The Lymphedema Diagnosis and Treatment Cost Saving Act will improve coverage for the treatment of lymphedema from any cause. Untreated lymphedema is progressive and leads to infection, disfigurement, disability and in some cases even death. Thus, prognosis for the patient is far worse and treatment more costly when the disease is not identified and treated in the earlier stages.
WE NEED YOUR HELP! We have no paid lobbyists; our cause is entirely grassroots and patient driven. Please explore the site to learn more, then complete as many of the simple steps under the “How You Can Help” menu as you can. The single most important thing you can do is take just a couple of minutes to
Contact your members of Congress using our simple submission form.
PLEASE NOTE THAT BILLS DO NOT CARRY OVER FROM ONE CONGRESS TO THE NEXT. THE LYMPHEDEMA TREATMENT ACT IS CURRENTLY BEING PREPARED FOR REINTRODUCTION IN THE 113th CONGRESS. THE LINK IN THE “Current Status” BOX TO YOUR LEFT WILL TAKE YOU TO THE BILL FROM THE 112th CONGRESS. THE LINK WILL BE UPDATED AS SOON AS THE BILL IS REINTRODUCED.
Although this legislation relates specifically to a change in Medicare law, it would set a precedent for Medicaid and private insurers to follow. Specific goals of the Act are as follows:
- provide comprehensive lymphedema treatment coverage, according to current
medical treatment standards;
- enable patient self-treatment plan adherence by providing necessary medical supplies
for use at home, as prescribed for each patient (including gradient compression
garments, bandages, and other compression devices);
- allow for new treatment modalities to be considered for coverage as they
become available and are approved;
- reduce the total healthcare costs associated with this disease by decreasing the incidence of
complications, co-morbidities and disabilities resulting from this medical condition.