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Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Countering Insurance Companies

My husband sent this email that he received through the Union Office at the Navy Depot here. I find it amazing that we have to have laws written to protect patients from insurance companies and to allow doctors to do what they feel is right for their patients.

Mastectomy Hospital Bill in Congress
If you know anyone who has had a mastectomy, you may know that there isa lot of discomfort and pain afterwards. Insurance companies are tryingto make mastectomies an outpatient procedure. Let's give women thechance to recover properly in the hospital for 2 days after surgery.

It takes 2 seconds to do this and is very important ... please take the time!

Also check out the link http://snowe.senate.gov/wsu04-29-05.htm

Breast Cancer Hospitalization Bill - Important legislationfor all women.

There's a bill called the Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act which will require insurance companies to cover a minimum 48-hour hospital stay for patients undergoing a mastectomy. It's about eliminating the "drive-through mastectomy" where women are forced to go home just a few hours after surgery, against the wishes of their doctor, still groggy from anesthesia and sometimes with drainage tubes still attached.

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 website below. You need not give more than your name and zip code number.

http://www.lifetimetv.com/health/breast_mastectomy_pledge.html

This takes about 2 seconds. PLEASE PASS THIS ON to yourfriends and family, and on behalf of all women.

7 Comments:

At 9:09 AM, Blogger Fred said...

This reminds me of when the insurance companies were trying to have women discharged from a hospital no later than one day after a birth. With some policies, that's still the norm.

We have a major problem here in Florida with home insurance, too. Most reputable companies are leaving, forcing people te sign up with the insurer of last resort - Florida.

I will definitely sign the petition. I'm tired of what these companies are trying to do.

 
At 11:22 AM, Blogger Sar said...

You've got my signature. But what I find odd is this.

"If you know anyone who has had a mastectomy, you may know that there is a lot of discomfort and pain afterwards."

You may know?! I may know that having my hand amputed causes a lot of discomfort and pain afterwards, but I just can't be sure.

 
At 1:21 AM, Blogger The Lazy Iguana said...

I would like to see a law requiring all members of congress to have the same level of insurance coverage as the average American - and make it illegal for them to spend their own money for health care, or disaster recovery. Let them rely on insurance, just like everyone else.

Then we would not have to worry about protection from greedy insurance companies.

 
At 6:22 AM, Blogger actonbell said...

This is really terrible. Thanks for the link!

 
At 7:08 AM, Blogger Doug said...

Thank you, Dddragon. Public service blogging is such a good use for this. When I tried to leave that note here yesterday it seemed like public service blogging would mean hanging a blogger engineer.

 
At 4:00 PM, Blogger puppytoes said...

my oldest and dearest friend is a cancer survivor... she's been cancer free for over 5 years now. when she was diagnosed, she elected to have a radical mastectomy... so, yes... i know there is a hell of a lot of discomfort, and it is beyond ridiculous to think a patient should be allowed and/or would WANT to go home the day it's performed!

thanks for the link. i will pass it on! : D

 
At 1:51 PM, Blogger Allan said...

This is true, however a bit outdated as it was last year's session of congress. However a letter to your congress person would not be a bad idea, and would be more affective than signing an old petition. Members of congress tend to pay more attention to individual letters or e-mails from their constituents than they do petitions.



Here is a bit of history of the proposed legislation.



http://www.snopes.com/politics/medical/mastectomy.asp

 

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