- 1998 Federal Breast Reconstruction Law
- WOMEN's health and cancer rights act
- YOur rights after a mastectomy
- STATE LAWS ON BREAST RECONSTRUCTION
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What are my rights and options?
Did you know the Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act (WHCRA) of 1998 requires group health plans, insurance companies, and HMOs to provide coverage for reconstructive services relating to a mastectomy?
- If you have a family history of breast cancer, insurance companies may provide access to early screening with mammograms.
- Women have access to and coverage for restoration following a lumpectomy or mastectomy.
- Get advice prior to any surgical procedure by contacting a trusted health care professional for further information.
- State and federal laws mandate insurance carriers to cover the cost of restoration procedures following a mastectomy, as well as symmetry procedures for the other side (Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998).
- Women deserve the right to hope, healing and happiness during their breast cancer journey. Empowered by this support, Survivors become Thrivers!
Who benefits from Brave Day?
In short, we all do! Disfigurement and physical scarring can be extremely difficult for those undergoing treatment or recovering from breast cancer. And these physical symptoms are often transferred to our emotional state, leading to isolation, depression and causing friction with those we cherish most.
By arming yourself with knowledge and seeking treatment and post-recovery assistance, you can find the necessary resources and support that will empower you to remain confident in your body image.
Whether you’re a patient, a Thriver, or one of the many people who loves someone struggling with breast cancer, the resources provided on Brave Day are for you!