Will my insurance cover the expenses of a mastectomy?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Each insurance policy is different and you must look at the details of your policy to determine what breast cancer coverage you have. If your policy covers a mastectomy, it must also cover the costs related to reconstructive surgery. According to WHCRA, the Women"s Health & Cancer Rights Act of 1998, insurance companies, HMOs, and group health plans must cover services related to a mastectomy if they cover mastectomies. These costs may include producing a symmetrical appearance with the other breast and any related complications.

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