From Scientists & Patient Advocates of National Center for Health Research
We are sorry to announce that we will soon stop accepting new requests for assistance for our health insurance coverage program for breast implant removal. No requests received after Tuesday, September 1st, 2020, or surveys completed after Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020 will be accepted. We will, however, continue to help the thousands of women who had previously contacted us for help with insurance coverage for their breast implant removal if they currently have active applications. If we have not heard back from a woman for more than six months since our last contact, her application is no longer considered active.
Over the past several years, The National Center for Health Research’s Breast Implant Information Project has helped thousands of women navigate the health insurance coverage process for breast implant removal. We are grateful for the chance to know and support so many wonderful women through their explant journey.
As noted above, we will still continue to work with women who have already reached out to us or who have specific questions regarding their health insurance and breast implant removal.
While we will be unable to offer direct, step-by-step insurance coverage assistance to women who first reach out to us after September 1st, we encourage those who are interested to use our website to learn how to file a claim with your health insurance, how to appeal a denial, and examples of letter templates you can use to help improve your chances for a successful claim. We will also continue to update the resource sections of our website so that you can more readily navigate the insurance coverage process on your own.
We are proud to have helped so many women improve their health by having explant surgery. Feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
This website is your most accurate source for information about breast implants so that you can make choices that are best for you. Unlike most breast implant websites, the information on our website is not paid for by plastic surgeons or breast implant makers who want you as customers.
The scientists and health professionals at the nonprofit National Center for Health Research have created this website after reading research studies and speaking to hundreds of patients, many surgeons and physicians, and officials at the FDA.
If you’re considering breast augmentation or reconstruction after a mastectomy, our website can provide you information and guidance that will help you in your decision-making process. You can learn which questions to ask your doctor and what to expect after surgery. If you already have breast implants and are experiencing problems, such as pain, ruptured implants, or you think you may have an autoimmune reaction or other symptoms of “breast implant illness,” we can help with that, too. And you can read about the personal experiences of dozens of women with breast implants.
If you are a physician or patient who wants to know about the research on breast implants, check out our new report and our draft Patient Informed Consent Checklist and Black Box Warning.
If you are a breast cancer patient or have a compromised immune system and are concerned about your risks from the coronavirus, here’s what you need to know.
We’re happy to answer any questions you have.
In the Media…
- How the Coronavirus Pandemic May Affect Cancer Clinical Trials [Cancer Therapy Advisor]
- First, Their Breast Implants Made Them Sick. Then They Were Hit with the Bill [Cosmopolitan]
- The Number of Women Having Their Breast Implants Removed is on the Rise [Women’s Health]
- New Study Backs Breast Implant Illness Claims by Patients [International Consortium of Investigative Journalists]
- Women with Breast Implants Should Not Need to Wait for Safety Information They Urgently Need [Our Bodies, Ourselves]
- “We Can’t Ever Go to the Doctor with Our Guard Down”: Why Black Women Are 40% More Likely to Die of Breast Cancer [Fortune Magazine]
- CRS: Congress Can Reign in FDA’s Flexible Covid-19 Vaccine Trial Policies [Inside Health Policy]
- FDA Warns Allergan Over Breast Implant Studies [International Consortium of Investigative Journalists]
- Dr. Diana Zuckerman’s Statement on FDA Draft Guidance on Labeling for Breast Implants
- Why Everyone Is Talking About Breast Implant Safety Right Now [Allure] »
- Allergan is Trying to Track Down Women with Breast Implants it Recalled Nearly a Year Ago (June 03, 2020) [Fortune]
- Breast Implants Linked to Rare Cancer Are Recalled Worldwide [The New York Times] »
- Allergan Breast Implants Linked To Cancer Recalled After FDA Request [NBC News] »
- Allergan Recalls Textured Breast Implants Globally Due to Cancer Links [IJIC] »
- Allergan Recalls Textured Breast Implants Linked to Rare Cancer [Washington Post] »
- 80,000 Deaths. 2 Million Injuries. It’s Time for a Reckoning on Medical Devices. [New York Times] »
- Are Breast Implants Safe? FDA is Looking into Claims [CBS5 News] »
- Women Need Better Information on Breast Implants, Panel Says [Washington Post] »
- Women Who Say They Were Sickened by Breast Implants Demand FDA Action: ‘I Was Not Warned.’ [Washington Post] »
- Breast Implant Illnesses: What’s the Evidence? [NCHR] »