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A Message from the Lymphedema Treatment Act


As of this writing, HR 2499 has 62 cosponsors!  Please help us reach our goal of getting to 100 this year.  At the end of this newsletter you’ll find the cosponsor list as of this publication – if you do not see your Representative’s name please write again at your earliest convenience, using the link to the left.

You’ll notice that the template letter on the submission form has been changed to mention the March 6th Lymphedema Awareness Day, and that it makes a special plea for Representatives to sign on as cosponsors this month.  It is also shortened in the hopes that you will each personalize the letter – this makes such a difference.

In an effort to make sure every office is reached, we are looking for volunteers to write all of the Representatives in their state, in addition to their own. This can be done by simply submitting multiple letters through our website, selecting a different Representative each time.  Or, I can email you the template letter along with all of the email addresses for the offices in your state, so you can simply copy and paste and send these from your personal email.  Please let me know if you would like this information.

Regarding finding a sponsor for the bill in the Senate, we are still working on this.  Three offices have contacted Congressman Kissell’s office (our House sponsor) with interest.  They are Cardin of Maryland, Merkley of Oregon and Inouye of Hawaii.  But so far none have officially decided to sponsor a companion bill, so please also write your Senators using the link to the left, especially if you are a constituent of one of the three Senate offices I named.

And lastly, a big thank you to those who responded to last month’s call for volunteers.  As a result, one such person offered her services as a translator and we now have a Spanish version of our flyer, which can be seen and downloaded here:

Upon request, you can also now receive a copy of this Newsletter in Spanish.

Thanks for your continued support,
Heather Ferguson
Chair, Lymphedema Advocacy Group

Cosponsors of HR 2499 as of March 1, 2012:

Rep Baca, Joe [CA-43] – 1/17/2012
Rep Berkley, Shelley [NV-1] – 12/15/2011
Rep Berman, Howard L. [CA-28] – 12/12/2011
Rep Blumenauer, Earl [OR-3] – 7/12/2011
Rep Brown, Corrine [FL-3] – 7/12/2011
Rep Chu, Judy [CA-32] – 12/14/2011
Rep Coble, Howard [NC-6] – 7/12/2011
Rep Cohen, Steve [TN-9] – 12/7/2011
Rep Connolly, Gerald E. “Gerry” [VA-11] – 7/12/2011
Rep Conyers, John, Jr. [MI-14] – 8/23/2011
Rep Courtney, Joe [CT-2] – 2/28/2012
Rep DeFazio, Peter A. [OR-4] – 1/17/2012
Rep Ellison, Keith [MN-5] – 2/27/2012
Rep Farr, Sam [CA-17] – 12/8/2011
Rep Filner, Bob [CA-51] – 1/17/2012
Rep Frank, Barney [MA-4] – 7/12/2011
Rep Gonzalez, Charles A. [TX-20] – 12/13/2011
Rep Grijalva, Raul M. [AZ-7] – 7/13/2011
Rep Gutierrez, Luis V. [IL-4] – 7/13/2011
Rep Heinrich, Martin [NM-1] – 1/31/2012
Rep Holt, Rush D. [NJ-12] – 7/12/2011
Rep Honda, Michael M. [CA-15] – 11/14/2011
Rep Israel, Steve [NY-2] – 8/9/2011
Rep Jackson, Jesse L., Jr. [IL-2] – 7/12/2011
Rep Johnson, Eddie Bernice [TX-30] – 1/23/2012
Rep Kildee, Dale E. [MI-5] – 1/23/2012
Rep King, Peter T. [NY-3] – 7/13/2011
Rep Lance, Leonard [NJ-7] – 8/1/2011
Rep Latham, Tom [IA-4] – 9/7/2011
Rep LaTourette, Steven C. [OH-14] – 1/27/2012
Rep Lee, Barbara [CA-9] – 7/20/2011
Rep Loebsack, David [IA-2] – 1/17/2012
Rep Lofgren, Zoe [CA-16] – 9/8/2011
Rep Lowey, Nita M. [NY-18] – 9/29/2011
Rep Lujan, Ben Ray [NM-3] – 2/1/2012
Rep Maloney, Carolyn B. [NY-14] – 8/1/2011
Rep McCollum, Betty [MN-4] – 1/31/2012
Rep McDermott, Jim [WA-7] – 1/6/2012
Rep McGovern, James P. [MA-3] – 11/18/2011
Rep McIntyre, Mike [NC-7] – 10/26/2011
Rep Michaud, Michael H. [ME-2] – 7/12/2011
Rep Miller, Brad [NC-13] – 7/12/2011
Rep Moore, Gwen [WI-4] – 7/12/2011
Rep Norton, Eleanor Holmes [DC] – 7/12/2011
Rep Paul, Ron [TX-14] – 7/12/2011
Rep Payne, Donald M. [NJ-10] – 2/27/2012
Rep Peterson, Collin C. [MN-7] – 9/7/2011
Rep Posey, Bill [FL-15] – 2/27/2012
Rep Price, David E. [NC-4] – 7/12/2011
Rep Rangel, Charles B. [NY-15] – 7/12/2011
Rep Richardson, Laura [CA-37] – 7/12/2011
Rep Roe, David P. [TN-1] – 7/12/2011
Rep Rothman, Steven R. [NJ-9] – 11/14/2011
Rep Schiff, Adam B. [CA-29] – 7/12/2011
Rep Smith, Christopher H. [NJ-4] – 12/6/2011
Rep Speier, Jackie [CA-12] – 9/23/2011
Rep Tonko, Paul [NY-21] – 9/14/2011
Rep Towns, Edolphus [NY-10] – 2/6/2012
Rep Tsongas, Niki [MA-5] – 11/16/2011
Rep Walz, Timothy J. [MN-1] – 11/30/2011
Rep Wasserman Schultz, Debbie [FL-20] – 11/14/2011
Rep Woolsey, Lynn C. [CA-6] – 10/25/2011

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