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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

Sep 13, 2017 Lee Ann Papke
Sep 4, 2017 Stephen Green
Aug 28, 2017 Annita Mason
Aug 21, 2017 Fern Swecker
Aug 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 18, 2017 sherryann pardee
Aug 18, 2017 Gil Hackel
Aug 7, 2017 AniMae Chi
Aug 7, 2017 Mary Bost
Aug 5, 2017 Elizabeth Frost
Aug 5, 2017 Marla Shiller
Aug 3, 2017 Rosie Albanese
Aug 3, 2017 Andrea Rematore
Aug 2, 2017 Yvonne Barker
Jul 31, 2017 Stacy Wykle
Jul 31, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 31, 2017 Eileen Silvers
Jul 25, 2017 Mark Hayduke Grenard
Jul 19, 2017 Chris Yates
Jul 6, 2017 tiffany dellaria
Jul 3, 2017 Tacey Hellewell
Jul 3, 2017 Alice F Schaefer All women, regardless of age, have the right to breast reconstruction due to Breast Cancer. Not only is breast reconstruction important to help some women appear "whole again," it restores the mental picture of self worth!
Jul 1, 2017 Léa Le Brizaut
Jun 30, 2017 Teresa Foster
Jun 30, 2017 Mike Garrett
Jun 30, 2017 Sylvia Castle
Jun 28, 2017 Suzanne Danielson
Jun 24, 2017 Miriam Feehily
Jun 23, 2017 Carmen Rodriguez
Jun 23, 2017 Suzette Henderson
Jun 9, 2017 Beth Smith
Jun 9, 2017 James Deschene
Jun 4, 2017 Rose Kerr Everyone should have access to good healthcare. A mastectomy is very traumatizing in so many ways. The care needs to be there to support this after surgery care
May 29, 2017 Justina Lane
May 19, 2017 claire efthimiadou
May 19, 2017 Michalla Sutton
May 3, 2017 Kelley Beyer
Apr 25, 2017 Mary Jo Winter
Apr 25, 2017 Teresa Foster
Apr 24, 2017 Diane Rein
Apr 24, 2017 Gordon Levy
Apr 23, 2017 Patricia Wirth-Nugent
Apr 22, 2017 Joyce Haskins
Apr 22, 2017 michele rule
Apr 21, 2017 Michael Garrett
Apr 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 20, 2017 Cynthia Cabell
Apr 20, 2017 C. James

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