Nov. 25, 2019

HARRISBURG – Legislation authored by Rep. Meghan Schroeder (R-Bucks) to ensure that women receive coverage for custom breasts prosthetics when that choice is the best option post-mastectomy surgery was approved by the Pennsylvania House.

“This bill was inspired by a constituent in my district who has had a very difficult time after going through a double mastectomy. I was devastated after hearing her story and how she felt as if she had no options that best suited her needs,” said Schroeder.

In some cases, women who have an irregular chest wall may not properly fit the standard prosthetics or may not be a good candidate to receive reconstructive surgery. Although most insurance companies provide coverage on off-the-shelf prosthetics and reconstructive surgery, these two alternatives are not always an option for every woman.

House Bill 1457 would provide clarity in the law to ensure that women have the option to choose which breast prosthetic best suits their individual needs.

“I want to ensure that all women who have to go through this painful process have the freedom to select which option most fits their specific circumstance, whatever it may be,” said Schroeder.

House Bill 1457 is now being reviewed and considered by the state Senate.

Representative Meghan Schroeder
29th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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