Does Medicare pay for compression garments?

We’ve written a number of blog posts on this subject, but with all of the changes taking place in the world of healthcare, thought it was time for an update.

On a positive note, Representative David G. Reichert of Washington state introduced H.R.3877, the Lymphedema Treatment Act on Jan 15th of this year.  The bill would amend title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act (SSA) to cover certain lymphedema compression treatment items as durable medical equipment.  The bill is currently in committee, and has nine cosponsors.  Similar bills were introduced in 2010 (H.R. 4662) and in 2011 (H.R. 2499), but neither passed. Maybe the third time will be the charm.

With regard to compression stockings prescribed for edema (swelling), varicose veins, venous insufficiency, etc. nothing has changed.  Following is a list, updated in July of this past year, of compression garments that are NOT covered by Medicare.

compression garments not covered by medicareBy: Pete@BrightLife Direct
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