H.R. 1886 (108th): Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act of 2003

Apr 30, 2003 (108th Congress, 2003–2004)
Died (Referred to Committee)
See Instead:

S. 1684 (same title)
Referred to Committee — Sep 30, 2003

Rosa DeLauro
Representative for Connecticut's 3rd congressional district
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Apr 30, 2003
15 pages
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H.R. 536 (107th) was a previous version of this bill.

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H.R. 758 (110th) was a re-introduction of this bill in a later Congress.

Passed House
Last Action: Sep 25, 2008


This bill was introduced on April 30, 2003, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Introduced Apr 30, 2003
Referred to Committee Apr 30, 2003
Full Title

To amend the Public Health Service Act and Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 to require that group and individual health insurance coverage and group health plans provide coverage for a minimum hospital stay for mastectomies and lymph node dissections performed for the treatment of breast cancer.


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189 cosponsors (168D, 20R, 1I) (show)

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Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act of 2003 - Amends the Public Health Service Act and Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 to prohibit group health plans and health insurance issuers offering group health insurance coverage, with regard to hospital stays in connection with breast cancer treatment, from:
(1) covering less than 48 hours after mastectomies or less than 24 hours after lymph node dissections; or
(2) requiring plan or issuer authorization for prescribing any length of stay.
(1) denying eligibility, enrollment, or renewal to avoid these requirements;
(2) providing payments or rebates to women; or
(3) penalizing or providing incentives to providers.
Applies the same requirements to issuers in the individual market.

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