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ASPS Advocacy

The American Society of Plastic Surgery has a long history of fighting for women rights when it comes to breast reconstruction after surgery. Unfortunately, no matter how logical coverage for this right seems, the battle will never end.

Last year, CMS announced that coverage for breast reconstruction code S2068, for deep inferior epigastric perforator flap (DIEP flap) procedures would sunset as of Dec. 31, 2024. This means Medicare will no longer pay for this common method of breast reconstruction, one of a few that do not use breast implants. History shows that when Medicare stops paying for a procedure, every other insurance follows suit. In fact, shortly after CMS made the announcement, commercial payors, including UnitedHealthcare and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, announced their plans to deny coverage for this procedure starting July 1, 2022, giving providers, and breast cancer patients, less than three months notice of the change.

Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Awareness

Breast Cancer Reconstruction Awareness is also important with 1 in 8 women having the diagnosis of Breast Cancer during their lifetime.

I am posting early this week to ask you to write to your representatives in support of Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Fred Upton’s letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to protect breast cancer patients’ rights and access to quality breast cancer treatment under the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act.

Here is a copy of my letter to my Representative. Feel free to copy it to your representative. The deadline is this Friday, July 29, 2020.

Thank you for your support with this important legislation. More information about this and other insures related to plastic surgery can be found at: ASPS Advocacy.

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