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.
Smith & Wilkinson, Scarborough, one of the country’s premier executive search and leadership consulting organizations, continued its strong support and commitment of giving back with a $2,500 contribution to the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition.
“Giving back is an important part of our culture and builds upon our commitment to making a difference, whether it’s using our skills and experience to match companies and talent, or contributing to non-profit organizations that help others. We are pleased to recognize and support the positive impact that the MBCC makes through this contribution,” said Carll Wilkinson, Managing Partner of Smith & Wilkinson.
Wilkinson said the company dedicates a generous portion of its net profits annually to charitable giving. In 2018, Smith & Wilkinson contributed more than $25,000 to non-profits in multiple states.
All of us at Maine Breast Cancer Coalition are grateful for Smith and Wilkinson’s support!
Photo, left to right: Christopher Kelley, Smith & Wilkinson Partner; Liz Tusing, MBCC volunteer fundraising coordinator; Nick Hayes, Partner and Practice Director; Steve Peary, Partner