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Support the Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act

Many of My Pink Planner's friends have asked me to spread the word about the bill that would require insurance companies to pay for a minimum 48-hour hospital stay for patients undergoing a mastectomy.

Please take a few moments to read this entry from a surgeon.

"Proposed Mastectomy Law Change

(written by a surgeon);

I'll never forget the look in my patients eyes when I had to tell them they

had to go home with the drains, new exercises and no breast. I remember

begging the doctors to keep these women in the hospital longer, only to hear

that they would, but their hands were tied by the insurance companies.

So there I sat with my patient giving them the instructions they needed to

take care of themselves, knowing full well they didn't grasp half of what I

was saying, because the glazed, hopeless, frightened look spoke louder than

the quiet 'Thank you' they muttered.

A mastectomy is when a woman's breast is removed in order to remove

cancerous breast cells/tissue. If you know anyone who has had a mastectomy,

you may know that there is a lot of discomfort and pain afterwards.

Insurance companies are trying to make mastectomies an outpatient procedure.

Let's give women the chance to recover properly in the hospital for 2 days

after surgery.

This Mastectomy Bill is in Congress now. It takes 2 seconds to do this and

is very important. Please take the time and do it really quick! The Breast

Cancer Hospitalization Bill is important legislation for all women.

Please send this to everyone in your address book. If there was ever a time

when our voices and choices should be heard, this is one of those times. If

you're receiving this, it's because I think you will take the 30 seconds to

go to vote on this issue and send it on to others you know who will do the


There's a bill called the Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act which will

require insurance companies to cover a minimum 48-hour hospital stay for

patients undergoing a mastectomy. It's about eliminating the 'drive-through

mastectomy' where women are forced to go home just a few hours after

surgery, against the wishes of their doctor, still groggy from anesthesia

and sometimes with drainage tubes still attached.

Lifetime Television has put this bill on their web page with a petition

drive to show your support.. Last year over half the House signed on.

PLEASE! Sign the petition by clicking on the web site below. You need not

give more than your name and zip code number.


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