How does the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act apply to women who have had breast cancer?

The Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act (WHCRA) is a law that protects patients who choose to have breast reconstruction surgery because of a mastectomy, according to the U.S. Department of LaborOff Site Icon (DOL).

For example, if a woman has had breast cancer, according to the DOL, the WHCRA guarantees mastectomy benefits must include:

  • Reconstruction of the breast on which a mastectomy was performed
  • Surgery and reconstruction of the other breast to create a symmetrical look
  • Prostheses and physical complications at all stages of the mastectomy, including lymphedemas

Mastectomy benefits sometimes have a yearly deductible and could require the patient to pay co-insurance, according to the American Cancer SocietyOff Site Icon (ACS).

Talk with your doctor for more information about the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act.

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