Law concerning breast reconstruction....

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postal2
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   Posted 11/4/2009 4:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi ladies!
A friend of mine in CA called me to see if it is a law, that insurance cover breast recon after mastectomy. I thought it was. I have found some info on this that I read as it is.
Those of you in CA, there is a lady with stage 4 bc, has had mastectomy (maybe both sides, I am not sure) she has her own insurance which I am sure is minimal as she works for herself..
But, the fact she does have insurance, and I am sure they covered the mastectomy, should'nt they be required to cover the reconstruction?
Please let me know if you know. She is quite depressed (understandably so) .
 
Thanks my bc sisters!!
Gail
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barkyboys
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   Posted 11/5/2009 6:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Gail. "Janet's Law" is a federal law. You can get a lot of info by internet searching on it. This is a good site for basic info http://www.insure.com/articles/healthinsurance/mastectomy.html Hope this helps.

BEV
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postal2
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   Posted 11/5/2009 6:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Bev, thank you SO much for the link!! You are so helpful!

Gail
  It's only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth -- and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up, we will then begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.
 
Elisabeth Kubler Ross


barkyboys
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   Posted 11/7/2009 8:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Gail... I wish this law had been in effect when I had my surgery. My insurance covered my reconstruction, and even "matching" for my reconstructive surgery, but I was refused a double mastectomy, even though that would have been my choice at the time. I think "Janet's Law" has made a huge difference to women who face breast cancer. I hope it helps your friend. Please let us know what happens!

Hugs...
BEV
"There's a difference between a philosophy and a bumper sticker."  --Charles Schulz

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