Lymphedema Treatment Act Update - Dec. 2011

  • A heartfelt thanks to all of you who have helped to make the accomplishments of 2011 a reality!  Highlights from 2011 include:
     
    • On June 12, 2011, HR 2499 was introduced in the House and to date has garnered 46 bipartisan cosponsors.  
    • The bill gained the endorsement of the American Cancer Society, American Occupational Therapy Association, American Physical Therapy Association, Lymphatic Research Foundation, Oncology Nursing Society, and others.  
    • In November, patient advocates from around the country convened in DC to visit hundreds of House and Senate offices and to conduct a Congressional Staff Briefing to educate legislators and their staff about lymphedema and HR 2499.  
     
    Our work will continue in 2012, and one of our most important goals is to reach 100 House cosponsors!  If your Representative has not yet cosponsored (go to http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h112-2499 to check) then please write him/her MONTHLY until they do.  Use the submission form on our website and make sure to personalize the template letter - http://lymphedematreatmentact.org/contact-your-representative/.
     
    It's important to remember that federal legislation of this nature takes years to get passed, therefore we must remain vigilant.  While we have much to be proud of and should celebrate the progress we have made, we must also be undaunted by the long road that still lies ahead.  So on behalf of the entire Lymphedema Advocacy Group Board, our most sincere thanks for your past, current and continued support of the Lymphedema Treatment Act!
     
    A very Happy New Year to you and your loved ones,
    Heather Ferguson
    Chair, Lymphedema Advocacy Group