Health plans cover breast reconstruction

The Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998 guarantees coverage to any health plan member who is receiving benefits in connection with a mastectomy and who elects breast reconstruction in connection with that surgery.

Patients are entitled to coverage for:

• Reconstruction of the breast on which the mastectomy has been performed;

• Surgery and reconstruction of the other breast to produce symmetrical appearance; and

• Prostheses and treatment of physical complications in all stages of the mastectomy, including lymphedemas (swelling associated with the removal of lymph nodes).

These services will be provided in a manner determined in consultation with the attending physician and the patient. Coverage for these services is subject to applicable deductibles, coinsurance or copayments.

Contact Karen Weisenberg in the Office of Human Resources (258-5917) with any questions about this benefit.

December 11, 2000
Vol. 90, No. 12
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Humane hacker
Researchers find Internet glitch that puts privacy at serious risk
Class project brings community history to life

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Bowen honored for groundbreaking book
United Way campaign update
Spotlight / Obituary

Page 3
Joint studio with Asian universities inspires students

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Calendar of events

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University lends support to new public library
Discussions under way with Oxford

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Nassau notes
Health plans cover breast reconstruction
ERISA information provided

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