Notice of “Women’s Health and Cancer Act”
The Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998 (WHCRA) provides protections for individuals who elect breast reconstruction after a mastectomy. Under WHCRA, group health plans offering mastectomy coverage must provide coverage for certain services relating to the mastectomy, in a manner determined in consultation with the attending physician and the Security Health Plan member/patient.
Members who elect to have reconstructive surgery in connection with a covered mastectomy will have required coverage that includes:
- all stages of reconstruction of the breast on which the mastectomy was performed;
- surgery and reconstruction of the other breast to produce a symmetrical appearance;
- prostheses; and
- treatment of physical complications at all stages of the mastectomy, including lymphedema.
Under WHCRA, mastectomy benefits may be subject to annual deductibles and coinsurance consistent with those established for other benefits under the plan coverage. This coverage will be subject to the same provisions that are generally applicable under your policy.
Group health plans, health insurance companies and HMOs covered by the law must provide written notification to individuals of the coverage required by WHCRA upon enrollment and annually thereafter.
Additional consumer information on WHCRA is available in the publication Your Rights After a Mastectomy.
Information for group health plans and employers on WHCRA and other health benefit law requirements is available in the publication Compliance Assistance Guide – Health Benefits Coverage Under Federal Law.
If you have questions concerning this coverage, please call Customer Service 1-800-472-2363.