Raising Women’s Voices

HOUSE OKs BREAST CANCER PATIENT BILL

Posted in Uncategorized by raisingwomensvoices on October 9, 2008

Bill Mandates Coverage for Minimum Hospital Stay

The House passed legislation last week by a vote of 421-2 that would offer protections to patients who require hospitalization following treatment for breast cancer.
H.R. 758, the proposed Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act of 2007, would require health plans to provide coverage for a minimum hospital stay if a patient needs to remain in the hospital following a mastectomy, lumpectomy, or lymph node dissection.
“The last thing any woman should be doing at that time is fighting with her insurance company,” Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro (D-Conn., pictured), the bill’s lead sponsor, said in a floor statement.
It is unclear when the Senate will take up the measure and whether it will consider H.R. 758 or a Senate version of the bill (S. 459) sponsored by Sen. Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine)

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