The Law Nobody Knows

1988

The Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act (WHCRA) was enacted.

This federal law requires insurance plans that cover a mastectomy to also cover breast restoration up to 4 months after mastectomy surgery. This important mandate gave women choices without undue financial burden.

But 18 years later, most women don’t know about it.

BRAVE is here. And we brought a megaphone. So everyone will know it.

Did you know that by law, insurance companies are required to cover restoration, in addition to surgery?

The majority of women fighting breast cancer don’t know their medical or insurance rights for breast restoration.

BRAVE is a 501(c)(3) non-profit designed to fill this gap by:

  • EDUCATING women and their families on their legal rights and medical options
  • ADVOCATING for a patient’s right to timely consultation and care
  • UNITING physicians, surgeons and legislature around the right to restoration

Timing is Critical
Women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer have a small window of time (4 months) to take advantage of all their medical options and have a surgery plan that incorporates restoration. Women need to be aware of their restoration options at the time of DIAGNOSIS.

Diagnosis
Incorporate Restorationinto Surgery Plan
Mastectomy Surgery
Restorative Surgery(may happen in conjunction with mastectomy surgery)
Revision Surgery(3 months after previous surgery)
Nipple/Areola Refinement and Micropigmentation(3 months after previous surgery)