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Update: Now 21 states have length of stay protections for mastectomy patients, usually at least 48 hours. However, all states should require this protection. Sign now!
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Sponsored by: The Breast Cancer Site

Women with breast cancer should be entitled to receive the best possible treatment and care available. They shouldn't feel rushed through a procedure or suffer from unnecessary complications following treatment.

Many women who undergo mastectomies are being discharged from hospitals within 24 hours of surgery. These situations are called "drive-through" mastectomies — and can have grave consequences for women. The risk of complications from surgery is highest in the days immediately following it, so it's clear why rushing women in and out of their hospital stays carries grave implications.

We need a law that guarantees insurance coverage for at least a 48-hour hospital stay for women who have undergone a mastectomy.

Stand up for our women — sign the petition asking Connecticut Representative Rosa DeLauro to see that this important protection passes into law!

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Dear Representative DeLauro,

I commend you for your efforts in promoting breast cancer patient rights. You've been championing the cause for years, introducing bills that could go a long way in ensuring women who undergo mastectomies are allowed ample hospital-stay time in order to recover.

As it is now, many women who have mastectomies are shuffled through the hospital, surgery and all, within 24 hours. A mastectomy is a significant and comprehensive surgical procedure that's very invasive and personal for a woman. The time immediately following surgery is when infection has the greatest chance of developing, and as such women need to be in the hospital under doctors' care until she shows signs of normal recovery. Any amount of time less than 48 hours is simply too soon to catch any of these possible complications.

We need to advocate on behalf of women who aren't receiving the proper care after such an intense surgical procedure. Please continue to do all you can to see that this type of care swiftly becomes law!

Thank you.

Petition Signatures

Jul 9, 2018 Christopher Clark
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Jul 8, 2018 Diane Gravette
Jul 8, 2018 Janis Higgins
Jul 6, 2018 Stacy Ping
Jun 23, 2018 Leora Yaffi
Jun 18, 2018 Shelby Fry
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Jun 3, 2018 Louisa Gauerke
Jun 3, 2018 Sheila Ward
Jun 3, 2018 Thomas Windberg
May 21, 2018 Aliyah Khan
May 13, 2018 Tina Wasielewski
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Apr 20, 2018 Bonita Easley
Apr 19, 2018 Nancy Seay
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Apr 3, 2018 Randall Bong
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Apr 2, 2018 Megan Tunstall
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Mar 21, 2018 Pamela Viera
Mar 18, 2018 Antoinette Gonzales
Mar 14, 2018 Tara Schuneman
Mar 14, 2018 Lenise Chaffe
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Mar 4, 2018 Chris Sterry
Mar 4, 2018 Jason Saville
Mar 4, 2018 Caryl Johnson
Mar 1, 2018 Amber Greenwood
Feb 22, 2018 Kathleen Siskron
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Feb 13, 2018 Bonnie Steiger
Feb 11, 2018 Alice Lemon
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Feb 4, 2018 Judith Busse
Feb 4, 2018 Annita Mason
Jan 31, 2018 Brandon Woodward
Jan 25, 2018 Dawn Williams
Jan 21, 2018 Linda Gutke
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