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Lymphedema bill passes House 

Lymphedema bill passes House 

Rep. Jan SchakowskyWASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the Lymphedema Treatment Act 402-13 in another step toward the bill becoming law. 

H.R. 3630, introduced by Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., would require Medicare to pay for compression garments, bandages and supplies to reduce lymphedema-related swelling and prevent recurrence. 

“It’s unacceptable that Medicare does not cover the cost of compression garments for seniors dealing with lymphedema,” stated the chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., and the chairwoman of the Health Subcommittee, Rep. Anna G. Eshoo, D-Calif., in response to the vote. “The Lymphedema Treatment Act will close this unintended gap in coverage that prevents beneficiaries from accessing medically necessary, prescribed compression garments.  We’re grateful to members for working together to advance this bipartisan bill and will continue to work hard to see it signed into law.”  

A similar bill in the Senate, S. 1315, introduced by Sens. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, currently has 74 co-sponsors. 

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