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Tuesday, January 30

Activism: Legislation to Help Breast Cancer Patients

Can you imagine your or your loved one having breast cancer surgery and then being sent right home? If you have one of those typical crappy health insurance plans, this may be something that you or a loved one will have to face. My mom (who actually had good insurance coverage plus Medicare) was sent home from the hospital with a big old disgusting drain attached to what was left of her right breast. It was a travesty. She came out of the surgery just fine but almost died from an infection afterwards.

DBK alerts us to some potentially good news and you need to act:
Representative Jo Ann Davis (R-VA-1) is the sponsor of H.R. 119, the Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act. The legislation requires "that health plans provide coverage for a minimum hospital stay for mastectomies, lumpectomies, and lymph node dissection for the treatment of breast cancer and coverage for secondary consultations." The minimum stay period is 48 hours.
You can't even count on health insurers to do the right thing anymore. A measly 48 hours isn't too much to ask for if one needs it.
Sign the petition at or write to your congress critters.

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