I am proud to announce that my Congresswoman, Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine (http://pingree NULL.house NULL.gov/), today signed on as a cosponsor of HR 2499, the Lymphedema Treatment Act. A bill like this, with no paid lobbyists or big corporate interests behind it, needs all the cosponsors it can get.
Please visit http://lymphedematreatmentact.org/ (http://lymphedematreatmentact NULL.org/) and find out if your U.S. representative is on the list — and if not, please write him or her a letter! Seriously, this works: Chellie’s signature comes after I (and possibly others in her district) sent her an e-mail with information about the bill and how it would help people like me.
For those coming late to this party: The Lymphedema Treatment Act was started by one woman, Heather Ferguson of North Carolina, whose son has lymphatic issues. If passed, it would improve coverage for lymphedema treatment for those on Medicare, and most private insurers would likely change their rules to match. While lipedema is not lymphedema, many of us have both, and will benefit if our insurers offer better access to preventive treatments.
The best part about this bill is that it will SAVE money for the health care system by preventing infections and disabilities caused by lymphedema in those who do not currently have access to appropriate care. As most of us know, lymphatic conditions are all too often misdiagnosed and mistreated; this bill is a step in raising awareness as well as keeping lymphedema patients healthier.