WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV), a member of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, announced her co-sponsorship of the bipartisan Breast Cancer Patient Equity Act, legislation to ensure breast cancer patients and survivors who have experienced a mastectomy are able to access custom breast prosthetics under Medicare.
“We need to do more to help survivors of breast cancer achieve the highest quality of life,” said Senator Rosen. “During these times, when women’s health care rights are under attack, it’s more important than ever to support legislation like this to continue to expand health care coverage for women. I’ll continue to fight to ensure women have the freedom, resources, level playing field, and access to quality affordable care they deserve.”
BACKGROUND: Currently, Medicare covers reconstructive surgery for breast cancer patients, but not custom breast prosthetics for patients.
Over 3.1 million women in the U.S. have a history of breast cancer and about 1 in 8 will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetime.