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Pallone & Eshoo Applaud House Passage of Lymphedema Treatment Act

Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Health Subcommittee Chairwoman Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA) released the following joint statement today after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3630, the “Lymphedema Treatment Act:”

“It’s unacceptable that Medicare does not cover the cost of compression garments for seniors dealing with lymphedema.  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.” 

H.R. 3630, the “Lymphedema Treatment Act,” was introduced by Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL).  The bill provides for Medicare coverage of lymphedema compression treatment items such as compression garments.  Lymphedema occurs when the body can not properly drain lymph fluid. It is commonly caused by cancer treatments and can be effectively treated with compression therapy.  The bill passed en bloc by a vote of 402-13.


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