When lymph nodes are removed or damaged during breast cancer treatment, it can result in painful and debilitating swelling. This condition is known as lymphedema and experts estimate that from 20% to 30% of women will experience some level of lymphedema after breast cancer surgery or radiation.
Currently, Medicare and many private insurance policies fail to cover the costs of the daily compression supplies people with lymphedema need to control their swelling. People who can’t afford these supplies are left with worsening lymphedema, which can lead to infections and even long-term disability.
The Lymphedema Treatment Act would end this injustice by changing Medicare law to cover compression supplies—setting an important precedent for Medicaid and other insurers to do the same.
All women deserve access to comprehensive lymphedema treatment. Write and call your legislators and tell them to cosponsor the Lyphedema Treatment Act.