Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act Law and Legal Definition

The Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998 intends to protect a patient who carries out breast reconstruction after mastectomy. The provisions of the Act extents:

1. to reconstruction of the breast removed by mastectomy;

2. to surgery and reconstruction of the other breast to make the breasts look symmetrical or balanced after mastectomy;

3. to any external breast prostheses.

The U.S. Department of Labor and Health and Human Services supervise the Act.

The Act applies:

1. to group health plans for plan years starting on or after October 1, 1998; and

2. to group health plans, health insurance companies, and HMOs, as long as the plan covers medical and surgical costs for mastectomy.