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Re: Mastectomy Hospital Bill in Congress

I think the story and link are old; I know I've seen it a few times. According to snopes.com,

"In January 1997, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut sponsored H.R. 135, the Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act of 1997, in the 105th Congress. The bill sought to "amend the Public Health Service Act and Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 to require that group and individual health insurance coverage and group health plans provide coverage for a minimum hospital stay for mastectomies and lymph node dissections performed for the treatment of breast cancer." Among other provisions, the proposed law mandated that the benefits of patients covered under group insurance plans not be restricted "for any hospital length of stay in connection with a mastectomy for the treatment of breast cancer to less than 48 hours."

This bill was never brought to the floor for a vote after its introduction to Congress. It was referred to various congressional committees, where it languished without action until it expired with the end of the 105th Congress. Rep. DeLauro has since sponsored the same bill three more times: as H.R. 116 to the 106th Congress in January 1999 (the Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act of 1999), as H.R. 536 to the 107th Congress in February 2001 (the Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act of 2001), and as H.R. 1886 to the 108th Congress in April 2003 (the Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act of 2003).

In each case, the bill's fate was the same: it languished in subcommittee, never being brought to a vote.

In April 2005 the bill (now called the Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act of 2005) was submitted to Congress once again, this time as H.R. 1849. By May 2005 it had been referred to the House Subcommittee on Employer-Employee Relations.

Although most efforts to see this bill passed urge supporters to affix their names to some type of petition, we believe the most effective course of action is to contact one's congressional representative(s) directly, by U.S. mail, telephone, fax, or e-mail."

Maybe if enough of us write our Congresspersons, it will finally be reported out of committee and voted on, most likely by the 110th Congress.


If your life has ever been touched by someone with breast cancer or may know someone in the future that may be touched . . . you will definitely want to
read this and help make a difference!


 Subject: Mastectomy Hospital Bill in Congress

If you know anyone who has had a mastectomy, you may know that there is
a lot of discomfort and pain afterwards. Insurance companies are trying
to make mastectomies an outpatient procedure. Let's give women the
chance to recover properly in the hospital for 2 days after surgery.

Mastectomy Bill in Congress

It takes 2 seconds to do this and is very important...please
take the time and do it really quick!

Breast Cancer Hospitalization Bill - Important legislation for all women.

Please send this to everyone in your address book.. If there was ever a
time when our voices and choices should be heard, this is one of those
times. If you're receiving this, it's because I think you will take the 30 seconds to go to vote on this issue and send it on to others you know who
will do the same.

There's a bill called the Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act which will require insurance companies to cover a minimum 48-hour hospital stay for
patients undergoing a mastectomy. It's about eliminating the
"drive-through mastectomy" where women are forced to go home just a few
hours after surgery, against the wishes of their doctor, still groggy from
anesthesia and sometimes with drainage tubes still attached.

Lifetime Television has put this bill on their web page with a petition
drive to show your support. Last year over half the House signed on.

PLEASE!! Sign the petition by clicking on the web site below.
You need not give more than your name and zip code number.


This takes about 2 seconds. PLEASE PASS THIS ON to your friends and
family, and on behalf of all women, THANKS.

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