Sarah Bramblette, is a patient with primary Lipedema and secondary bilateral lower extremity Lymphedema. She was diagnosed with Lymphedema in 2001, and Lipedema in 2004. Her initial diagnosis was delayed by years because doctors blamed weight for the size of her legs. Living with lymphedema for more than a decade, she learned to navigate the insurance approval process and advocate for herself in order to secure insurance coverage for her lymphedema garments and compression treatment from four different insurers. Her experience lead her to pursue a career in health administration, she earned her BS in Health Services Administration in 2009, and MS in Health Law in June 2015. She combines her personal story and knowledge of policy and law to power her advocacy efforts.
Sarah was a member of the National Lymphedema Network LSAP class of 2014, and participated in the 2014 and 2016 Lymphedema Lobby Days in Washington, DC. In October 2014, she appeared on The Doctors television show where she talked about her advocacy efforts for the Lymphedema Treatment Act and why the need for coverage of compression garments is so vital for patients.
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