September 23, 2008
H.R. 2820: Reconstructive Surgery Act of 2007
Many of the readers of this blog have probably already heard about the Reconstructive Surgery Act of 2007.
H.R. 2820: Reconstructive Surgery Act of 2007 (GovTrack.us): www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h110-282
As described by the Congressional Research Service: "Amends the Public Health Service Act and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) to require a group health plan that provide coverage for surgery to also cover reconstructive surgery, including medically-necessary treatment for preoperative and postoperative care. Defines "reconstructive surgery" as any medically necessary and appropriate surgery performed to correct or repair abnormal structures of the body caused by congenital defects, developmental abnormalities, trauma, infection, tumors, or disease to: (1) improve functions; or (2) give the patient a normal appearance. "
As you can see, much of the terminology is vague, probably intentionally so, to allow evolution of the specific interpretation. Still, it is no surprise that this is generating a vast amount of discussion among the facial difference communities.
The main supporting group is:
Association of Independent Craniofacial Advocates (AICA): http://www.aica-advocates.blogspot.com/
They are seeking 10,000 signatures on a petition in support of the proposed legislation.
Care 2: The Petition Site: Support for HR2820 - The Reconstructive Surgery Act: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/craniofacial
Whether you sign or not, simply reading the comments at the bottom is an education into the many facets of this complex issue.
For more information, here is a Google search.
Google Search: hr2820 OR "hr 2820" OR ("house of representatives" 2820 reconstructive) OR "reconstructive surgery act": http://tinyurl.com/6djz9c