Congressman Dave Reichert Introduces Medicare Coverage Gap Remedy

The Lymphedema Treatment Act, HR 3877, will ensure coverage for compression garments.

In an effort to ensure Medicare coverage for the millions of Americans who suffer from lymphedema, U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA) and cosponsors of the bill, Bruce Braley (D-IA), Leonard Lance (R-NJ) and Congressmen Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) recently introduced the Lymphedema Treatment Act, HR 3877.

Lymphedema afflicts millions of Americans. It is a disease resulting from inadequate or damaged lymphatic vessels or lymph nodes. Lymphedema is a chronic condition that one can be born with. However, it is more often caused by cancer treatments, which damage the body’s immune functions or lymph system.

Lymphedema is caused by the dysfunction of the lymphatic system or a blockage in the lymphatic system. This causes a disruption of the normal flow of lymph fluid through the body. The result is painful swelling affecting various parts of the body – most often in the arms and legs of the patient.

“Seniors who suffer from lymphedema should not be punished for taking the necessary steps to treat their condition,” said Reichert. “By rectifying Medicare’s failure to cover compression garments we give seniors their best chance and real hope to fight back against this chronic disease. I am pleased to be joined by my colleagues from both sides of the aisle in this fight against lymphedema.”

Lymphedema causes painful swelling and compression therapy is an essential component of treatment. Despite being an ongoing necessity in the treatment of the disease, compression supplies are not covered by Medicare. HR 3877 requires Medicare to cover lymphedema compression items to close this coverage gap.


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