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Health Plans & Benefits

Womens' Health & Cancer Rights Protections

The Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act (WHCRA) includes protections for individuals who elect breast reconstruction in connection with a mastectomy. WHCRA provides that group health plans and health insurance issuers that provide coverage for medical and surgical benefits with respect to mastectomies must also cover certain post-mastectomy benefits, including reconstructive surgery and the treatment of complications (such as lymphedema).

DOL Web Pages on This Topic

Consumer Information on Health Plans
Provides fact sheets, booklets, and other health plan information from the Department's Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA).

Compliance Assistance
Provides publications and other materials to assist employers and employee benefit plan practitioners in understanding and complying with the requirements of the Employment Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) for the administration of pension and health plans.

Your Rights After A Mastectomy...Women's Health & Cancer Rights Act of 1998 (Español) (PDF)
Provides a brief overview and questions and answers about WHCRA.

Compliance Assistance Guide: Health Benefits Under Federal Law (PDF)
Provides 10 key compliance considerations for group health plans.

Protections for Newborns, Adopted Children, and New Parents - the Newborns' and Mothers' Health Protection Act of 1996
Provides information for new or soon-to-be new parents for you and your new child.

Your Health Plan and HIPAA ... Making the Law Work for You
Provides information about major provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, the Newborns' and Mothers' Health Protection Act, the Mental Health Parity Act, and the Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act.