Women's Rights & Cancer Act
Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act 1998
In 1998, the Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act became a federal law. This federal mandate guarantees a woman's right to breast reconstruction of the cancer breast, and to symmetry procedures for the healthy breast.
Specifically, the law mandates that insurers who cover mastectomy also cover:
Reconstruction of the breast that was removed by mastectomy
Symmetry or balancing procedures for the non-cancer breast
External breast prostheses (a soft form that fits into a bra) during or after your reconstruction
Complications of mastectomy care, including lymphedema
While women remain responsible for their insurance deductible, reconstructive breast services including symmetry procedures for the healthy breast side are typically covered by insurance. This includes reconstructive procedures that occur at the time of mastectomy (immediate reconstruction), reconstructive procedures that occur distant from a mastectomy (delayed reconstruction), and symmetry procedures that occur at any time point.
at www.cancer.org for more information on the Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act from the American Cancer Society.