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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

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
Jan 21, 2018 Linda Gutke
Jan 7, 2018 Rosemary Rannes
Jan 7, 2018 Rosemary Rannes In loving memory of my late mother Ruthe. 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
Jan 3, 2018 Deborah Adatto
Dec 17, 2017 Betty Cornwell
Dec 15, 2017 Cecilia Tanaka
Dec 13, 2017 Donna Brock
Dec 9, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 9, 2017 Beverly Brzycki
Dec 9, 2017 Ranelle Simala Reconstruction is not easy nor painless but I found it so worth it just to be able to put on a bra and feel normal. All women should have this option as part of their mastectomy.
Dec 9, 2017 Debbie Stanton
Dec 9, 2017 shan lUREL
Dec 5, 2017 DayLynn McDonald
Dec 3, 2017 Stacey Govito
Dec 3, 2017 Amber Lopez
Dec 1, 2017 Rebecca Lambert
Nov 27, 2017 Sandra Holbrook
Nov 27, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 27, 2017 Alan Dion This is more than "cosmetic" surgery. This is surgery to restore one's self.
Nov 26, 2017 Alison Shanks
Nov 26, 2017 Amy McKeon
Nov 26, 2017 robert dowling
Nov 26, 2017 Dean OBrien
Nov 26, 2017 Dorothy Henry
Nov 22, 2017 John Confar
Nov 17, 2017 J.B. Picot
Nov 17, 2017 Misti Lee
Nov 17, 2017 Sandra Jackson

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