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N.Y. law requires coverage for partial mastectomy

Article-N.Y. law requires coverage for partial mastectomy

Albany, N.Y. — A change in New York state law now requires insurers to provide reconstructive surgery after patients undergo a partial mastectomy.

Previous law required health insurers to provide coverage for reconstructive surgery following full mastectomies, the Wall Street Journal reports.

According to Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, advances in medical technology are making partial mastectomies possible in situations that would have previously required full mastectomies.

The bill was sponsored by Sen. Kenneth Lavalle, a Republican from Suffolk County, and Democratic Assemblywoman Vivien Cook of Queens.

There were no immediate figures available for the costs associated with the new law.

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