March 28, 2019 - Issue: Vol. 165, No. 54 — Daily Edition116th Congress (2019 - 2020) - 1st Session
RECOGNIZING THE REINTRODUCTION OF THE LYMPHEDEMA TREATMENT ACT; Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 54
(Extensions of Remarks - March 28, 2019)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E366] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] RECOGNIZING THE REINTRODUCTION OF THE LYMPHEDEMA TREATMENT ACT ______ HON. JANICE D. SCHAKOWSKY of illinois in the house of representatives Thursday, March 28, 2019 Ms. SCHAKOWSKY. Madam Speaker, as we near the end of March, which is Lymphedema Awareness Month, I rise to mark my reintroduction of the Lymphedema Treatment Act. When a cancer patient has her lymph nodes removed and experiences swelling and discomfort, it is a jarring experience. She is then often hit with another surprise: many insurers, including Medicare, do not cover a critical treatment for lymphedema-- compression garments. This is one more challenge on top of the monumental battle of fighting cancer. Including medically-necessary compression garments in Medicare coverage is a common-sense solution to increase access for the 10 million people who suffer from lymphedema. That is what my bill would do. Coverage under Medicare sets a precedent and is an important step in increasing access to compression garments for all Americans. 384 of my colleagues cosponsored this bill last Congress, and almost 100 have joined me and Representatives Buddy Carter, Earl Blumenauer, and Mike Kelly as original cosponsors today. It is critical that we pass this bill into law. Finally, I want to thank the Lymphedema Advocacy Group in particular for their tireless work in championing the Lymphedema Treatment Act. Today, my heart is with Elaine Eigeman, board chair of the Lymphedema Advocacy Group, who recently entered hospice care. She has been a champion for lymphedema patients for years, and she is the primary reason this bill was first introduced four years ago. I am proud to reintroduce this bill in her honor. ____________________