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
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
If your life has ever been touched by someone with breast cancer or
someone in the future that may be touched . . . you will definitely
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
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
seconds to go to vote on this issue and send it on to others you know
will do the same.
There's a bill called the Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act which
require insurance companies to cover a minimum 48-hour hospital stay
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
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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