Women’s Rights for Breast Reconstruction Following Mastectomy

The Federal Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998 is still the law today.
Under the federal Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998, a yearly notification
of your benefits pertaining to breast reconstruction must be sent to you by your insurance company.
The Women’s Health Care Act states that benefits must be provided for:
  • Reconstruction of a surgically removed breast
  • Surgery and reconstrcution of the other breast to produce a symmetrical appearance
  • Prostheses and treatment for physical complications from all stages of a mastectomy, including lymphedema
These benefits are subject to the conditions and terms of your plan, including maximum benefit amounts, deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance provisions. The benefits are subject to your plan’s exclusions and limitations.