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H.R.1984: Breast Cancer Patient Education Act of 2013

About this Bill

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about health
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Sponsor Leonard Lance, R-N.J.
Total Cosponsors 22 (12 Democrats, 10 Republicans)
Introduced May 15, 2013
Latest Major Action May 17, 2013
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Bill Summary

Breast Cancer Patient Education Act of 2013 - Amends the Public Health Service Act to direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide for the planning and implementation of an education campaign to inform breast cancer patients anticipating surgery regarding the availability and coverage of breast reconstruction, prostheses, and other options, with a focus on informing patients who are members of racial and ethnic minority groups.

Requires such campaign to include dissemination of the following information: (1) breast reconstruction is possible at the time of breast cancer surgery or at a later time; (2) prostheses or breast forms may be available; (3) federal law mandates that both public and private health plans include coverage of breast reconstruction and prostheses; (4) the patient has a right to choose the provider of reconstructive care, including the potential transfer of care to a surgeon that provides breast reconstructive care; and (5) the pat...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
May 17, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
May 15, 2013 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.