About the Petition
Over 75,000 women undergo mastectomies each year as a breast cancer treatment. It's a nervewracking procedure which can include a drowsy and painful recovery.
Unfortunately, many insurance companies do not cover overnight hospital care with mastectomies, and require patients to be discharged within 24 hours of admission. It's what's called a "drive-thru mastectomy," and it's a common practice throughout the United States.
In 2009, Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro (D-CT) introduced the Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act to the House. The act would require that insurers cover a minimum of 48 hours in the hospital after a mastectomy or lumpectomy, something already required by law in 20 states. The bill was referred to committee, and never saw a vote.
It was reintroduced as H.R. 111 in January 2011, but failed to make it out of committee. The Susan G. Komen Foundation, the General Federation of Women's Clubs, and other top organizations support the passage of this bill. This petition is a call to Congress to prioritize this bill as a necessary component of women's health in the 21st century.