Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act

The Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act requires group health plans that provide coverage for mastectomies to cover reconstructive surgery and prostheses following mastectomies. All medical plans provide this coverage.

If you receive benefits for a medically necessary mastectomy, and if you elect breast reconstruction after the mastectomy, you will also be covered for:

  • Reconstruction of the breast on which the mastectomy was performed;
  • Surgery and reconstruction of the other breast to produce a symmetrical appearance;
  • Prostheses; and
  • Treatment of physical complications of all stages of mastectomy including lymphedema.