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Washington, D. The legislation would allow a woman and her doctor to decide whether she should recuperate from a mastectomy or lumpectomy for at least 48 hours in the hospital or whether she has enough support to get quality care at home. In addition to the support of these organizations, many have championed its cause, including Desperate Housewives star Marcia Cross, who came to Capitol Hill last year to press for its passage. And a petition at myLifetime. It is time for this barbaric practice to end and it is time for women to get the healthcare they deserve. These women deal with tremendous medical and emotional challenges to overcome this disease and their best course of care should be determined by their individual needs, not by the business considerations of the hospital. We are appalled when calls are received from women who have been told that their insurance will not cover a hospital stay after a mastectomy.
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The author reports no financial relationships relevant to this article. Starting in with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ACA , our patients have had insurance that provides maternity care coverage, no-deductible or copay contraceptives, and access to breast cancer screening. They also have been protected from predatory insurance practices—such as preexisting condition exclusions, arbitrary rescission, and annual or lifetime coverage limits—which had previously and regularly been used to deny coverage.
The U. Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act , also known as Janet's Law , signed into law on October 21, , contains protections for patients who elect breast reconstruction in connection with a mastectomy. This law, which is administered by the Department of Labor and Health and Human Services, states that group health plans, insurance companies and health maintenance organizations HMOs must provide coverage for reconstructive surgery after mastectomy for breast cancer and prohibited "drive through" mastectomies, where breast cancer patient's hospital stays were limited by their carriers. The required coverage includes all stages of reconstruction of the breast on which the mastectomy was performed, surgery and reconstruction of the other breast to produce a symmetrical appearance, prostheses and treatment of physical complications of the mastectomy, including lymphedema. The history of the law is an interesting one.