Why was the breast cancer PATIENT EDUCATION act (bcpea) introduced?

When the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act was enacted into law in 1998, it was seen as a watershed moment for breast cancer reconstruction. The legislation introduced a new federal mandate requiring all payers that provide coverage for breast cancer treatment to also cover reconstruction and prostheses. At the time, the plastic surgery community saw this as a solution to breast cancer patient access problems related to reconstructive services.

Unfortunately, though, this mandate alone has not sufficiently increased access to reconstructive services, and women continue to go without reconstruction simply because they are not aware it is a covered benefit. In response, ASPS worked with Congress to introduce the Breast Cancer Patient Education Act (BCPEA), which takes direct aim at this lack of information.