In 1998, the federal government passed the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act.
In essence, this Act required all health insurance carriers to provide the following benefits to women following mastectomies:
–Health insurance companies must pay for all stages of reconstruction on the post-mastectomy breast/breasts.
–Similarly, health insurance companies must pay for reconstruction of the unaffected breast if such reconstruction is needed to attain a symmetrical appearance.
–If complications were to arise post-mastectomy. any corrective surgery must be covered by the health insurer.