NAAF Legislative Liaisons at Rep. Jamie Raskin's (D- MD) office.

Legislative Actions

ACTION ALERT

Ask your Congressperson in the House of Representatives to cosponsor H.R. 3332, providing coverage for wigs as durable medical equipment under the Medicare Program.

THE CHALLENGE:

Many individuals affected by alopecia areata utilize cranial prosthetics (or wigs) as there are currently few effective treatment options. Unfortunately, these prosthetics can come with a significant out-of-pocket cost for Americans with low or fixed incomes. This is especially burdensome for children, who often require cranial prosthetics for attending school.

THE SOLUTION:

Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Congressman David Schweikert (R-AZ) recently introduced H.R. 3332, providing coverage for wigs as durable medical equipment under the Medicare Program. This bill will grant increased access to cranial prosthetics and therapies for patients with alopecia areata and other forms of medical hair loss. Many patients living with medical hair loss suffer from a variety of diseases, including cancer. With no known cause or cure, alopecia areata is an autoimmune skin disease affecting approximately 6.8 million Americans, many of whom are children.

H.R. 3332, will reclassify cranial prosthetics as durable medical equipment under the Social Security Act. This simple change will grant those in need access to this important treatment option.

YOUR ROLE IN THE SOLUTION:
  • Congressmen McGovern and Schweikert need colleagues in the House to cosponsor this important legislation. The only way your member of Congress will consider supporting this effort is if constituents officially asks them to do so. The more legislators who support and cosponsor this bill, the greater its chance to be passed into law.
  • Complete the advocacy letter (print this PDF and fill it out). Name, signature, street address, city, state and ZIP Code are required. We will only deliver these letters to your member of Congress and will not share your information with any other party.
  • Do not mail advocacy letters to your member of Congress. Scan and email your advocacy letter to Goglas@hmcw.org, and it will be hand-delivered to Capitol Hill. Please also cc Gary Sherwood at gary@naaf.org.
  • Please do not include these instructions with your completed advocacy letter.
  • If you would like to schedule a meeting with your member’s local office to ask them to cosponsor the bill, please email Philip Goglas II at Goglas@hmcw.org. Phil is NAAF’s representative with Health and Medicine Counsel of Washington, and he coordinates all advocacy efforts in collaboration NAAF.

Dear Health Legislative Assistant,

My name is __________________________________________________. I am one of your constituents, and I live in ___________________________________________.

Please cosponsor H.R. 3332, which provides coverage for wigs as durable medical equipment under the Medicare Program. This legislation is important to me and many people in your district and across the country who are affected by alopecia areata and other medically related hair loss conditions.

H.R. 3332 will grant increased access to cranial prosthetics and therapies for patients with alopecia areata and other forms of medical hair loss. Many patients living with medical hair loss suffer from a variety of diseases, including cancer. With no known cause or cure, alopecia areata is an autoimmune skin disease affecting approximately 6.8 million Americans, many of whom are children.

Alopecia areata usually starts with one or more small, round, smooth patches on the head and can progress to total scalp hair loss (alopecia totalis) or complete body hair loss (alopecia universalis). This common skin disease is highly unpredictable and cyclical. Hair can grow back in or fall out again at any time, and the disease course is different for each person.

Many individuals affected by alopecia areata utilize cranial prosthetics (or wigs) as there are currently few effective treatment options. Unfortunately, these prosthetics can come with a significant out-of-pocket cost for Americans with low or fixed incomes. This is especially burdensome for children, who often require cranial prosthetics for attending school.

For more information on the bill or to become a cosponsor of H.R. 3332, please contact Saundrea Shropshire in Congressman McGovern’s office (Saundrea.Shropshire@mail.house.gov or 5-6101) or Chad Michaels in Congressman Schweikert’s office (Chad.Michaels@mail.house.gov or 5-2190). Thank you for your consideration of my request.

Sincerely,

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