ATTENTION: Breast cancer patients If you have had a mastectomy or lumpectomy, or if you are having problems with previous breast reconstruction, you may be entitled to covered benefits under your insurance plan. Please read the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998 below for more information:  

Federal law requires insurance coverage for reconstructive breast surgery following mastectomy.* (a) Every policy or contract of accident and health insurance, and every preferred provider benefit plan under G.S. 58 50 56 that provides coverage for reconstructive breast surgery following a mastectomy.* The coverage shall include coverage for all stages and revisions of reconstructive breast surgery performed on a nondiseased breast to establish symmetry if reconstructive surgery on a diseased breast is performed, as well as coverage for prostheses and physical complications in all stages of mastectomy, including lymphedemas.

* mastectomy is defined here as removal of all or part of the breast

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