The American Society of Plastic Surgeons and celebrities like Angelina Jolie strongly support new efforts of lawmakers to improve patient access to breast reconstruction surgery. In May 2013, bipartisan legislation introduced the Breast Cancer Patient Education Act during National Women’s Health Week. This remarkable approach to planning and implementing patient education campaigns regarding breast reconstruction promises to revolutionize the way we view life for cancer survivors after mastectomy.
Since 1998, all health insurance plans that cover breast cancer mastectomy were also required to cover reconstruction and prostheses. However, research found that many women were unaware of these options available to them. Moving forward, the Secretary of Health and Human Services will develop information packets that will help women understand timelines, treatment options, federal law mandates, and other important reconstructive coverage. Armed with information to help them make empowered decisions, breast cancer survivors will be able to get back to looking and feeling like themselves in a timely manner.
Celebrities such as Angelina Jolie and Jewel have added their support to the cause. Many of us are already familiar with Jolie’s powerful op-ed article and Jewel is the USA spokesperson for the Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day for the second year in a row.
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At the Center for Plastic Surgery, we are excited at the development of improved resources for breast cancer survivors. Allow us to join you on this journey of emotional and physical strength as you move from your diagnosis to remission. Our plastic surgeons have worked with many patients just like you over the years and are pleased to offer the very latest in advanced medical technology in a comfortable and relaxed environment. Call us today for more information and to book your initial consultation.