For many women, breast cancer treatment can come with harsh, disabling side effects. When lymph nodes are removed or damaged they sometimes can cause blockages, which can lead to a condition called lymphedema. This condition causes painful swelling in a woman’s arm or leg due to the blocked flow of fluids.
Patients need compression supplies to control this swelling—but Medicare and some private insurance companies don’t currently cover the costs of these supplies, leaving patients who can’t afford them to suffer with this debilitating condition.
This is unjust and unacceptable.
Thanks to the hard work of grassroots activists like you, the Lymphedema Treatment Act was just introduced in the Senate (and there’s already a similar bill in the House). This important legislation would change Medicare law to cover compression supplies—setting a precedent for Medicaid and other insurers to do the same. Now is the time to ask your Congressmembers to cosponsor this important legislation that would get patients what they need.
Two out of every five women treated for breast cancer develop lymphedema within five years of surgery. It is outrageous that some cannot get the care they need. Tell Congress that all women deserve access to comprehensive treatment.