Lymphedema advocates take to the Hill

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

WASHINGTON – Actress Kathy Bates joined the Lymphedema Advocacy Group and other advocates on Capitol Hill today in support of The Lymphedema Treatment Act. The bill seeks to improve Medicare coverage of compression supplies to treat lymphedema. "Compression is to lymphedema what medication is to many other diseases—indispensable!" said Heather Ferguson, founder and executive director of the Lymphedema Advocacy Group. "Passage of the Lymphedema Treatment Act will help to minimize the healthcare costs associated with this chronic disease, while allowing the millions of men, women and children affected by lymphedema to live a better quality of life." The Lymphedema Treatment Act, introduced in the Senate in December 2015 and in the House of Representatives in March 2015, has 14 and 202 co-sponsors, respectively.