Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998 (WHCRA)

You or your dependents may be entitled to certain benefits under the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998 (WHCRA). For individuals receiving mastectomy-related benefits, medical plan coverage will be provided in a manner determined in consultation with the attending physician and the patient for:

  • All stages of reconstruction of the breast on which the mastectomy was performed;
  • Surgery and reconstruction of the other breast to produce a symmetrical appearance;
  • Prostheses; and
  • Treatment of physical complications of the mastectomy, including lymphedema.

These benefits will be provided subject to the same plan limits, deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance applicable to other medical and surgical benefits provided under the plan. For more information on WHCRA benefits, contact HMSA or Kaiser.