Aug 05, 2012 - 12:57 am
Since Medicare doesn't pay for LE sleeves, I can't afford the two that my LE therapist ordered. Other than asking for patient assistance from my medical clinic, is there any other organization that will help pay for it? If I can't get help, I can't buy the sleeves.
If anyone is interested, there is a webpage lobbying your senators and reprsenatatives for "Ask your Representative and Senators to cosponsor the Lymphedema Treatment Act! " As your constituent, I am writing to ask that you please sign on as a cosponsor of The Lymphedema Diagnosis and Treatment Cost Saving Act, HR 2499. This bill has bipartisan support and is endorsed by the American Cancer Society, Oncology Nursing Society, Komen Advocacy Alliance, LiveSTRONG, APTA, AOTA, the National Lymphedema Network and many other organizations."
Here is the link: http://www.capwiz.com/lymphedematreatmentact/issues/alert/?alertid=61518776&PROCESS=Take+Action.
This is all with LE (not just breast cancer survivors) services will be covered. I am amazed that LE sleeves and garments are NOT required to be covered by Medicare and insurance. Breast reconstruction, bras, prosthetics are covered but not medically necessary (don't think I am saying they shouldn't be covered or that I am saying that they shouldn't be, I agree that they should be.)