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.
Northeast Air kicked off Breast Cancer Awareness Month by presenting representatives from Maine Breast Cancer Coalition with a check from the company's fundraising efforts. Team NEA was able to raise $810 in employee donations for the fight against breast cancer. With the matching donation from co-owners Henry and Linda Laughlin, the grand total donation was $1,620 for our Support Service Fund.
We were so pleased to meet the generous owners and employees of Northeast Air. WMTW Channel 8 was there to video the event.
Photo, left to right: Carmen Darkis, Support Service Fund Committee member; Carol Beagan, MBCC treasurer and Support Service Fund Committee member (both volunteer positions); NEA co-owner Henry Laughlin
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