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So while her television alter ego might obsessively fret about sweater sets and her family's reputation on Wisteria Lane, Cross was lobbying on Capitol Hill yesterday on behalf of sick people she's never met. Cross joined a group that included lawmakers, a Maryland breast cancer survivor and officials from women's cable network Lifetime to call on Congress to pass the Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act of and prevent what they called "drive-by mastectomies. The legislation would require that insurers cover up to a hour stay in a hospital after a woman has had a mastectomy if the doctor and patient deem it necessary.
A three-month-long online petition drive has gathered more than 9, signatures in support of legislation that mandates changes in how breast-cancer surgery patients are treated and requires insurance companies to pay for reconstructive operations. Representatives Rosa DeLauro D-Connecticutsponsor of the first bill, and Anna Eshoo D-Californiawho sponsored the second, worked closely with Sapient on the project and lauded the results as a demonstration of how the Net enhances citizen involvement in public policy. They created a very powerful, content-rich document in that probably couldn't have been generated through a traditional paper drive.
Outraged at her treatment, Williams has joined 21 million other Americans who are rallying for extended care for breast cancer surgery patients. The petition calls on Congress to stop insurers from making breast cancer surgery patients leave the hospital when their doctors say they need to stay longer by passing the Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act. The bill has 18 co-sponsors in the member Senate and co-sponsors in the member House. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn.
Netizens can sign online petitions supporting congressional hearings on two bills to improve insurance coverage for breast cancer patients. The bills are the Reconstructive Breast Surgery Benefits Act, which would require health insurers to cover reconstructive breast surgery if they already pay for mastectomies, and the Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act, which would require insurers to provide at least 48 hours of inpatient hospital care following a mastectomy. Be respectful, keep it civil and stay on topic.
Snopes needs your help! Learn more. Lifetime Television has put this bill on their web page with a petition drive to show your support.
For a decade, Lifetime Television has been gathering signatures in an effort to help end "drive through mastectomies. Lifetime, along with several consumer organizations and breast cancer survivors, feel strongly that women need adequate in-hospital care after major surgeries such as mastectomy. According to Lifetime, in FebruaryU.
Washington, D. The legislation would allow a woman and her doctor to decide whether she should recuperate from a mastectomy or lumpectomy for at least 48 hours in the hospital or whether she has enough support to get quality care at home. In addition to the support of these organizations, many have championed its cause, including Desperate Housewives star Marcia Cross, who came to Capitol Hill last year to press for its passage. And a petition at myLifetime.
All National News Global News. Cancer advocacy groups are urging Congress to pass the Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act, which requires insurance companies pay for hospital stays after mastectomies. The act was first introduced by House Representative Rosa DeLauro inand re-introduced in
We respect your privacy. The singer Jewel has lent her voice to the breast cancer cause by urging people to sign a petition drive initiated by Lifetime Television in support of the Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act. This Act addresses the lack in the policies of some insurance companies to provide for the needs of women after mastectomy by forcing them to have a mastectomy on an outpatient basis; going home only hours after surgery. The bill would mandate a minimum hour stay in the hospital following mastectomy.