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S. 518: Lymphedema Treatment Act

The text of the bill below is as of Feb 14, 2019 (Introduced).



1st Session

S. 518


February 14, 2019

(for herself, Mr. Young, Mr. Lankford, Mr. Blumenthal, Mrs. Capito, Mr. Brown, Mr. Wicker, Ms. Harris, Ms. Murkowski, Mr. Leahy, Mr. Blunt, Ms. Duckworth, Mr. Tillis, Mr. King, Mr. Sullivan, Mr. Coons, Mr. Boozman, Mr. Reed, Mr. Cotton, Ms. Klobuchar, Mrs. Hyde-Smith, Mrs. Gillibrand, Mr. Inhofe, Mr. Merkley, Mr. Rubio, Mr. Booker, Mr. Menendez, Ms. Sinema, Mr. Daines, Ms. Stabenow, Mr. Jones, Mr. Cardin, and Mr. Hoeven) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance


To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for Medicare coverage of certain lymphedema compression treatment items as items of durable medical equipment.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Lymphedema Treatment Act.


Medicare coverage of certain lymphedema compression treatment items as items of durable medical equipment


In general

Section 1861 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395x) is amended—


in subsection (n), in the first sentence, by inserting before the semicolon the following: and includes lymphedema compression treatment items (as defined in subsection (kkk)); and


by adding at the end the following new subsection:


Lymphedema compression treatment items

The term lymphedema compression treatment items


means, with respect to an individual, compression garments, devices, bandaging systems, components, and supplies—


that are primarily and customarily used in the medical treatment of lymphedema;


as prescribed by a physician (or a physician assistant, nurse practitioner, or a clinical nurse specialist (as those terms are defined in section 1861(aa)(5)) to the extent authorized under State law); and


which would not, other than under subsection (s)(6), be included as medical and other health services under this title; and




multilayer compression bandaging systems;


custom or standard fit gradient compression garments;


non-elastic and low-elastic compression garments and compression wraps and directional flow pads; and


any other compression garments, bandaging systems, devices, and aids determined by the Secretary to be effective in the prevention or treatment of lymphedema.



Effective date

The amendments made by subsection (a) shall apply to lymphedema compression treatment items furnished on or after January 1, 2021.