|- Health Benefits Advisor for Employers|
The Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998
Under WHCRA, group health plans offering mastectomy coverage must also provide coverage for certain services relating to the mastectomy in a manner determined in consultation with the attending physician and the patient.
Despite the title, nothing in the law limits entitlement to WHCRA benefits to cancer patients or women. If an individual is receiving benefits in connection with a mastectomy and the group health plan covers mastectomies, then the individual should be entitled to WHCRA benefits.