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Breast Cancer hospitalization bill - important legislation for women

On April 30, 2003, Rep. Rosa DeLauro reintroduced the Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act (H.R. 1886). Sign our petition now to help end drive-through mastectomies once and for all.

You would think a diagnosis of breast cancer would be bad enough, but despite wide-ranging medical opinions that women who have undergone mastectomies need at least two to four days to recover from the surgery, insurance companies continue to refuse to cover hospital stays. The result? Women are forced to leave the hospital before they are ready.

You may have thought that this health crisis was behind us. After all, back in 1996, 17,000 of you signed Lifetime’s online petition against "drive-through mastectomies," an issue that has received nationwide attention. Lifetime brought your signatures to Congress and the White House. But the Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act, which would guarantee a minimum hospital stay of 48 hours for women undergoing mastectomy, was never signed into law.

In 2001, U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, a strong advocate for women's health, reintroduced this legislation to ensure that breast cancer patients get the care they deserve. Rep. DeLauro won’t give up on this — and neither will we.

If you agree that mastectomies require more than one night's hospital stay, here’s your chance to make your voice heard. Once again, Lifetime will deliver these signatures to Capitol Hill and to the White House. With the strength of these petition numbers behind us, we will get this legislation passed.

Lifetime Television has put this bill on their web page with a petition drive to show your support. Last year over half the House signed on.
PLEASE - Sign the petition by clicking on the web site below and help women living with breast cancer get the care they need and deserve. There is no cost or monetary pledge involved. You need not give more than your name and zip code number.