Congressman Leonard Lance

Representing the 7th District of New Jersey

Lance Honored By Lymphedema Action Network

Apr 8, 2016
Press Release
Lawmaker’s Bill Inspired by Kenilworth Resident

WESTFIELD, N.J. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) welcomed Lisa Bibbo and her son Michael to his Westfield District Office where the Bibbos presented Lance with a special honor for his championing of the Lymphedema Treatment Act.  Lance is an original cosponsor of the bipartisan legislation that seeks to close the Medicare coverage gap for equipment and therapies needed by the nearly six million Americans afflicted with Lymphedema. 

“The Lymphedema Treatment Act will improve patient management, prevent life threatening complications and reduce healthcare costs. Those born with this terrible disease and cancer patients who develop it need access to compression equipment to treat the condition effectively.  I thank Lisa and Michael Bibbo for their advocacy and leading this effort in bridging the gap between proper diagnosis and access to treatment,” said Lance, who sits on the Health Subcommittee in Congress and chairs the Congressional Rare Disease Caucus.

Lymphedema results from damaged lymph nodes that can cause painful swelling.  Compression therapy is an essential component of treatment but many of these compression supplies are not covered by Medicare.  Ensuring Medicare covers the supplies needed for treatment would be a major victory for those fighting the disease.   

Lisa Bibbo added, “Michael and I are honored to be chosen by the National Lymphedema Network to present this award to Congressman Lance.  We truly appreciate his dedication and support and we are so pleased that Rep. Lance’s  efforts have been recognized by the national network.  Michael and I will continue to do our best pushing this legislation in Washington and advocate passage of the pending bill.”

The Bibbos are heading to Washington later this month.