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Sponsored by: The Breast Cancer Site

Imagine finding out you have breast cancer and need to undergo a mastectomy. But what happens next? How do you move forward after such an emotional experience?

While plastic surgery is hardly ever covered by most insurance providers, breast reconstruction after a mastectomy is a different issue. Access to this type of coverage isn't guaranteed to all women who undergo a mastectomy; there are intricate details under current laws that block women from receiving this kind of care. Elderly and underprivileged women are especially under-served with regards to breast reconstruction following a mastectomy.

Breast reconstruction should be available to EVERY mastectomy patient. Stand up for women everywhere and sign the petition supporting custom breast reconstructions for women who have undergone a mastectomy.

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Dear Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler and Representative Donna F. Edwards, leaders of the Congressional Women's Caucus:

I am writing to you because you're a strong advocate for women's issues in Congress. Breast cancer continues to affect millions of Americans every year. Almost no one is untouched by this powerful disease. I believe that we need to offer our women more comprehensive care when they are diagnosed and treated for breast cancer.

For example, mastectomies can be one of the scariest and traumatizing parts of dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis, and women should receive comprehensive care before, during, and after this process. A mastectomy can produce many complex emotions for a woman, and it's her personal choice whether or not she undergoes reconstructive surgery post-mastectomy. But this option should always be available to her. Too often, elderly and underprivileged women do not have access to health care at all in times of need, let alone the option for reconstruction.

Currently, there are restrictions to what a woman has access to after this type of surgery. For example, if other treatment methods are viable, but the woman chooses a mastectomy anyway, reconstruction coverage isn't always available.

A woman has the right to rebuild her life and her body after such a traumatizing and personal experience. Please advocate on behalf of breast cancer patients and make breast reconstruction an option for all women who have undergone mastectomies.

Thank you for your time.

Petition Signatures

Apr 21, 2018 Judith Busse
Apr 14, 2018 Rebecca Ensey
Apr 13, 2018 Nicole Hadjieva
Apr 10, 2018 Lynne Minore
Apr 10, 2018 Richard Rheder
Apr 2, 2018 Marilena Zlate
Mar 30, 2018 m bradburn
Mar 30, 2018 Elizabeth Wolff
Mar 28, 2018 Caryl Johnson
Mar 24, 2018 susan rooke This is important. Please help women access this care. Thank you.
Mar 24, 2018 Ara and Sheryl Stepanian
Mar 24, 2018 Patti Bailley
Mar 24, 2018 Debbi Wood Women need to be able to get get the help they need. If this wasn't a female issue, there wouldn't be a problem with coverage.
Mar 24, 2018 Susan Beam-Gilleland
Mar 24, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 21, 2018 Lesley Adamson Women should have access to all alternatives.
Mar 21, 2018 Tracy Kalesnik
Mar 21, 2018 Mary Ann Jones
Mar 21, 2018 Pamela Viera
Mar 14, 2018 Marilyn Williams
Mar 14, 2018 Cynthia Cargill
Mar 14, 2018 Lenise Chaffe
Mar 6, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 4, 2018 Chris Sterry
Mar 4, 2018 Jason Saville
Mar 4, 2018 Alicja Bożek
Mar 1, 2018 Amber Greenwood
Feb 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 12, 2018 (Name not displayed) As most of our elected to congress are male I don't understand why they wouldn't be working toward any issue regarding reconstruction surgery, even older and underprivileged women. Come on, guys.
Feb 12, 2018 Janice Porterfield
Feb 12, 2018 CHRISTINE REDMOND Absolutely! Please help a woman feel whole again!!!
Feb 12, 2018 Linda Hinrichs While I am still dealing with the decision of reconstruction, I feel strongly that it should be an option that is available to all women!
Feb 12, 2018 Linda Weston Please fight for women to have reconstruction surgery after mastectomy, regardless of age or finances. Thank you
Feb 11, 2018 Linda Tabb
Feb 11, 2018 Chris Bonaventura
Feb 10, 2018 Erik Bjarnar
Feb 10, 2018 (Name not displayed) I'm sure that if the reconstruction surgery were for congressmen there would be no problem!!!
Feb 10, 2018 Pamela Parker Breast cancer is scary enough. Reconstructive surgery should be a given on all insurance policies.
Feb 9, 2018 Donna Selquist
Feb 9, 2018 Roger & Joyce harry After all what women go through with breast cancer it is time for them to receive all the help that they deserve.
Feb 8, 2018 Susan Cohen
Feb 7, 2018 Matthew McWhirr
Feb 7, 2018 (Name not displayed) The worry and horror that comes with the mastectomy should not be followed by the worry of monetary coverage for reconstruction. Reconstruction of the woman's choice should always be available.
Feb 5, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 4, 2018 Stephanie Feyne
Feb 4, 2018 Andrey Yushchenko
Jan 25, 2018 Dawn Williams
Jan 24, 2018 Alysa Waring
Jan 23, 2018 Jeanne Gandolfo

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