This email forwarded to me today and I felt it important to pass along. Karen
If there was ever a time when our voices and choices should be
heard, this is one of those times...
If you are receiving this. It's because I think you are a loving, caring, person who will take the 30 econds to go and vote on this issue...and send it on to others you know who will do the same.
There's a bill called the Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act
which will require insurance companies to cover a minimum 48-hour hospitalstay or patients undergoing a mastectomy. It's about eliminating the "drive-through mastectomy" where women are forced to go home hours after surgery against the wishes of their doctor, still groggy from anesthesia and sometimes with drainage tubes still attached
Lifetime Television has put this bill on their web page with a
petition drive to show your support. Last year over half the House signed on. This year, U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, a strong advocate for women's health, has reintroduced this legislation to ensure that breast cancer patients get the care they deserve.
PLEASE!!!! Sign the petition by CLICKING on the web site below and help women living with breast cancer get the care they need and deserve!! There is no cost or monetary pledge involved.
PLEASE PASS THIS ON, PLEASE FORWARD THIS IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO ALL YOUR CONTACTS.
Feb 7, '02
As an Intake RN, receive referrals daily for Breast Ca patients 36-48 hr stay is the norm, some with 24 hr or less. ALL come home with Jackson Pratt or occasional hemvac drains.
Yet alone the horror stories re weekend discharge without any homecare referrals or HMO's delaying granting auth and client home with drain and without RN for 2-3 days...happening at least 1 x a month!
Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Feb 7, '02