San Antonio defense lawyer lobbies for Medicare to cover treatment for ‘side effect’ of cancer care

By Laura Garcia
San Antonio Express News

A San Antonio-based criminal defense lawyer who built her more-than-30-year career defending wrongfully convicted people is now taking on the nation’s health insurance system.

In April, Cynthia Orr lobbied Congress in support of the Lymphedema Treatment Act. The bill is on the U.S. House and Senate floors — labeled House Bill 3630 and Senate Bill 1315 — and gaining bipartisan support among lawmakers.

If passed, the legislation would have Medicare pay for compression garments used to prevent and treat lymphedema, a painful condition that affects 1 in 1,000 cancer patients. People with the condition experience severe swelling and can benefit from such treatment.

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