Mastectomy Hospital Bill in Congress

   By drodriguez  Mar 09, 2007

s a great opportunity for us to support women with breast cancer now and in the future. Lifetime Television has used email and blogs to garner support for this very important issue.

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.

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

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sams3girls by sams3girls | Glen Burnie, MD
Jul 19, 2007

I think with any hard surgery you should be able to stay,when no ones home to help you with the changes,kids at hope don't understand what's going on. Of course you health should be 1 with all insurance carriers.

Granny1042 by Granny1042 | Newark, DE
May 15, 2007

As a woman that has had a "drive-through" mastectomy, I really support this bill and appreciate the opportunity to share it with my friends. Many thanks.

Doreen331 by Doreen331 | Goshen, IN
Apr 20, 2007

I had a Mastectomy, in June, of 2005, and was lucky to have a good insurance carrier, and I was able to stay at the Hospital, for 5 days, after the surgery. I have already signed the petition, when this was first announced..

spideress by spideress | morgan city, LA
Apr 14, 2007

i'm glad people are standing up for the patients who have had a mastectomy. i will gladly sign this petition beings my mom just had her mastectomy a week ago and her doctor was ready to send her home the same day. well i didn't let that happen and thank goodness i didn't .