EW Member Pushes for New Legislation that Would Provide Medicare Coverage for Wigs to Cancer Patients

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New Legislation Would Provide Medicare Coverage for Wigs to Cancer Patients

Last week Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) introduced a bill which would provide coverage for wigs to Medicare beneficiaries. The bill, H.R. 2925 would allow wigs to be covered as durable medical equipment; opening access for Medicare beneficiaries that a dermatologist, oncologist, or attending physician can certify medical necessity as a part of rehabilitative treatment.

Click here to read the full bill text.

Mary Aframe of Women’s Image Center located in Worcester and Leominster, Mass. was the champion advocate that inspired Rep. McGovern to introduce the bill.

“Mary is an excellent example of advocacy for women's health,” said Nikki Jensen, vice president of Essentially Women, a division of the VGM Group, Inc. “She recognized a need for women across America and used her passion and persistence to be a voice to get this important bill introduced.”

According to Jensen, it takes a strong commitment from a congressional office to be the lead sponsor on a bill, especially legislation related to health care. “This is the beginning of a very long road to getting this bill passed.  Now is the time to build off this momentum and move this bill through Congress and to the President's desk.  No matter how small you think your voice is today, it will take providers and beneficiaries speaking out together to get us to the finish line.”

In a press release Rep. McGovern said, “Every cancer patient deserves access to quality health care that will help them undergo treatment with the support and dignity they need. For cancer patients who experience hair loss, a wig can mean so much, but is not always covered by their insurance.”

Click here to read the full release.

Essentially Women will be engaging the grassroots coalition of providers across the country to raise awareness and gain support to get H.R. 2925 passed through Congress. Providers are encouraged to message their members of Congress and use the phone script to call their representative through the VGM Action Center.



About Essentially Women

With more than 500 members in 1,000 locations, Essentially Women, a division of VGM Group, Inc., has been committed to helping independent HME providers succeed for more than 20 years. For more information, visit www.essentiallywomen.com.  


  • Shauna Dube | Jun 27th 2017 @ 7:29 PM

    Mary was an incredible resource when my mother fell ill. Mary's wigs gave my mom a sense of control and normalcy when everything was anything but. Those battling cancer deal with enough, this shouldn't be one those things.

  • Carroll tersigni | Jun 28th 2017 @ 7:57 AM

    Very smart young lady and has a lot of compassion for others

  • Darlene Young | Sep 20th 2017 @ 5:05 PM

    Medicare / Medicaid should cover the cost of wigs for cancer patients.

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