LoBiondo Cosponsors Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act
Joining more than 200 of his colleagues, U.S. Congressman Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02) today cosponsored the "Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act", which would require health plans to provide coverage for a minimum hospital stay for women who undergo mastectomies and lymph node dissection during their treatment of breast cancer. Introduced by Representative Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), the legislation also mandates insurance companies to cover secondary consultations sought by women.
"Nearly everyone knows a family member, friend or coworker whose life has been affected by breast cancer. The physical and emotional strain on individuals with breast cancer is significant and, accordingly, must be treated as such by insurance companies and doctors. This bipartisan legislation will help to ensure breast cancer patients have adequate time to recover from their medical treatment," said LoBiondo, an original cosponsor of the legislation.
According to the American Cancer Society, in 2008 an estimated 182,460 new cases of invasive breast cancer were diagnosed in women, and an estimated 1,990 cases were diagnosed in men. For more than a decade LoBiondo has introduced or been an original cosponsor of similar legislation that would end the practice of "drive-by mastectomies." With 202 cosponsors, the "Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act" is endorsed by the American Cancer Society and the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC). In the 110th Congress, the House overwhelmingly passed the legislation by a vote of 421 to 2.