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Ayanna Pressley Introduces New Bill That Advocates For Medicare To Cover The Cost Of Wigs!

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Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley is currently working towards pushing a new law advising financial support for those in need of cranial prosthetics (Medical Wigs) due to acute hair loss.

Hair is an integral part of the way women express themselves and share a little of their personality. In society it is seen as a symbol of beauty. It is part of one’s identity and associated with femininity.

This is why hair loss particularly for women can be absolutely devastating. Such as it was for Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley.

Alopecia is a disease that causes the body to attack its own hair follicles and can appear anywhere on the body where hair grows, as detailed in the Academy of Dermatology Association.

When the Representative first began losing her hair to Alopecia, she kept it a secret as it was quite traumatic and she worried how young girls would perceive her. According to NPR she eventually realized that she could likely help others suffering in silence just like her, if she went public. So she did.

She recently shared with the media “to be bald as a woman really does disrupt conventional and societal norms of what is appropriate, what is professional, what is attractive, what is feminine. It’s so much more than cosmetic…it takes a real toll.” reports YAHOO.

The Congresswoman understands the challenges that arise from dealing with hair loss. One of the most glaring issues is wig affordability; for those who wish to utilize them in their process of transition or afterwards.They can cost thousands of dollars and the price tag doesn’t change for those who fit into a low or fixed income family.

Pressley hopes to reintroduce a bill alongside fellow Democrat Rep. James McGovern. The hope is to have “cranial prosthetics” (medical wigs) covered by Medicare.

By coming forward with her own story, she gives hope to others who suffer from hair loss. It will also shed more light on the issue, which will hopefully help to push it through the chamber.

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