When lymph nodes are removed or damaged during breast cancer treatment, it can result in painful and debilitating swelling. This condition is known as lymphedema, and experts estimate that from 20% to 30% of women will experience some level of lymphedema after breast cancer surgery or radiation.
Currently, Medicare and many private insurance policies fail to cover the costs of the daily compression supplies people with lymphedema need to control their swelling. People who can’t afford these supplies are left with worsening lymphedema, which can lead to infections and even long-term disability.
The Lymphedema Treatment Act would end this injustice by changing Medicare law to cover compression supplies—setting an important precedent for Medicaid and other insurers to do the same.
All women deserve access to comprehensive lymphedema treatment. Write and call your legislators and tell them to cosponsor the Lymphedema Treatment Act.
Hope to see you there!
This BCAM, we would like to extend our many thanks to Congressman Jared Golden, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree and Senator Angus S. King, Jr. for thinking BEYOND pink and cosponsoring H.R. 2178 and S. 1374 - the Metastatic Breast Cancer Access to Care Act - a bipartisan bill to waive Medicare and SSDI waiting periods for women and men with metastatic breast cancer.
This important legislation goes a long way to ensure that women and men living with metastatic breast cancer have access to the support and medical care they need. The ongoing support of local, state and national breast cancer advocacy efforts by Maine's congressional delegation is greatly appreciated - during Breast Cancer Awareness Month and beyond!
Guest speakers at the conference will include motivational speaker, Barb Cookson;
Stephanie McLeod-Estevez, LCPC, (The Psychology of Cancer); Ralph Moss (author
of the Moss Reports). The conference will also include a patient/survivor
panel, break-out sessions, complementary therapies, community resources, and a complimentary
The conference is FREE and will be held at the Atlantic Oceanside Conference Center, 119 Eden Street in Bar Harbor from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm, with registration beginning at 8:00 am. For more information please call the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center at 207-664-0339. REGISTER TODAY.
During Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Maine Breast Cancer Coalition volunteers around the state of Maine will be keeping an eye out for all of our pink-plated supporters. If we spot one, a “You’ve Been Pink’d” card will be left behind for the vehicle’s driver. On the card, the recipient will be told how to go online to register their “Pink’d” card for a free entry into a special breast cancer awareness raffle drawing to be held on November 5, 2019!
If you have received a “You’ve Been Pink’d” card on your vehicle, please submit your drawing entry here.