Federal law mandating comprehensive care of breast cancer patients

05 Feb

Doctors are in private practice and are paid on a fee-for-service basis from government funds.

The government does not own or manage medical practices or hospitals.

The Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act (WHCRA) contains important protections for women with breast cancer who choose to have breast reconstruction after a mastectomy. The US Departments of Labor and Health and Human Services have oversight of this law.

Mastectomy benefits may have a yearly deductible and coinsurance (a form of insurance in which health costs are insured for less than the full amount and the patient is responsible for the difference) but they must be like those established for other benefits under the plan or coverage.

Jann Bellamy over at SBM and I have both written about them before.

With the passage of the first such bill into law in Colorado in May, followed by Missouri and Louisiana, and its heading to the voters of Arizona as a referendum in November, I had been meaning to revisit the topic.

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Doctors in the Veterans Administration and the Armed Services are paid this way.The federal law applies to those plans that aren't currently covered by state law and sets a minimum standard for securing this service for all women in all states.This includes states with weaker laws and those without any laws on this at all. If you have questions or concerns about it, please contact the US Department of Labor's toll-free number at 866-487-2365.ASCO’s Targeted Agent and Profiling Utilization Registry (TAPUR) Study is a non-randomized clinical trial aiming to describe the performance of commercially available, targeted anticancer drugs prescribed for treatment of patients with advanced cancer with a potentially actionable genomic variant.The ASCO Post, in partnership with the American Society of Clinical Oncology, communicates news of the highest quality multidisciplinary cancer care to a broad audience of oncology professionals and ASCO members. cancer care delivery system presents a mixed picture—from scientific and practice innovations that are contributing to declining cancer mortality rates to persistent problems that challenge delivery of high-quality care for every individual with cancer.