Cancer Care

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about cancer care for women.

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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Source content: Tracie Bolden, MD, Fairfield Road Physician Offices; Thomas Heck, MD, FACS, Gem City Surgical Associates; Todd Hicks, MD, FACS, Premier Plastic Surgeons; Christopher Lutman, MD, Premier Gynecologic Oncology; Michael Guy, MD, Premier Gynecologic Oncology