By Janet Wolfson, PT, CLWT, CWS, CLT-LANA
Our clients with wounds and lymphedema incur many expenses in dealing with their recovery or disease process. When the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed, it afforded coverage for care that was denied, paid out-of-pocket, or just didn't happen in the past. Most lymphedema garments were still not covered because of the lack of definition as Durable Medical Equipment covered by Medicare. The individual mandates' repeal would take billions of dollars off the US deficit but leave millions of folks without health insurance and, therefore, likely with poor-to-no health care. Eliminating pre-existing condition coverage would mean much sicker people making difficult choices among such things as food, rent, schooling, gas... and health care.