The Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act (WHCRA) includes
protections for individuals who elect breast reconstruction in connection with
a mastectomy. WHCRA provides that group health plans and health insurance
issuers that provide coverage for medical and surgical benefits with respect to
mastectomies must also cover certain post-mastectomy benefits, including
reconstructive surgery and the treatment of complications (such as
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Provides fact sheets, booklets, and other health plan
information from the Department's Employee Benefits Security Administration
Provides publications and other materials to assist employers
and employee benefit plan practitioners in understanding and complying with the
requirements of the Employment Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) for the
administration of pension and health plans.
Your Rights After A
Mastectomy...Women's Health & Cancer Rights Act of 1998
brief overview and questions and answers about WHCRA.
Compliance Assistance for
Group Health Plans: HIPAA and Other Recent Health Care Laws
key compliance considerations for group health plans.
Provides information about major provisions of the
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, the Newborns' and Mothers'
Health Protection Act, the Mental Health Parity Act, and the Women's Health and
Cancer Rights Act.