Breast Cancer Patient Education Act

What is the Breast Cancer Patient Education Act?

The "Breast Cancer Patient Education Act" (S. 931) is a bipartisan piece of legislation that requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to plan and implement an education campaign to inform women of the availability and coverage of breast reconstruction, prostheses and other options.

Since 1998, health plans that offer breast cancer coverage have been required to provide coverage for breast reconstruction and prostheses. Yet published research shows that many women eligible for breast reconstruction following breast cancer, minorities in particular, are not informed of the variety of care options. Approximately 232,340 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013, according to the American Cancer Society's most recent estimates for breast cancer in the United States.

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Who supports the Breast Cancer Patient Education Act? 

Several prominent senators and representatives have co-sponsored the bill, while prominent organizations such as the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Cancer Society, have given their support. Check the list below to find more organizations and legislators leading the charge.

Organizations on the Coalition Letter

Senate Co-Sponsors

House Co-sponsors