Women’s Suffrage Took 100 Years to Pass. What About Our Legislation?

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June 4, 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment being passed by Congress. Suffragettes changed the course of history because they fought for the right to vote. This battle was not won overnight; it took over 100 years of persistence to affect change. Suffragettes were told that the battle was not worth the fight or that it was too radical of a change. Most of us cannot imagine a world without being able to perform this simple civic duty.

The Breast Cancer Patient Equity Act was introduced in both the House of Representatives and the Senate on February 26, 2019. This legislation is us fighting for equality; women should have all options available to them after a mastectomy, whether it be reconstruction, off the shelf prosthesis, custom prosthesis or going flat. Suffrage took 100 years of lobbying, marching and protesting before efforts were finally successful. What if our legislation could pass not in 100 years, but in one? What would it take?

For most people outside of our industry, they simply don’t understand that this is even an issue. When I told my husband about the lobbying efforts for this issue in Washington, D.C., he couldn’t understand why there would be any inequality. Why would Medicare simply not provide reimbursement for a custom breast prosthesis, when they provide reimbursement for custom prosthesis for any other body part? Why is this even a fight?

We need the same persistence to educate our friends, family, neighbors, customers, and community members of this issue. They simply do not know what they do not know. Unless they are personally affected, most people assume that an injustice like this doesn’t exist.

Our ask right now as we move into June is to not only like our Facebook page, Let Her Decide, but also invite your friends to like the page. Instructions can be found here.

Nikki Jensen and Tom Powers will be back in Washington, D.C. in June. We need you to make some noise! Contact your legislators and ask them to sign-on to the Breast Cancer Patient Equity Act. We have made this very easy for you.

  • Step 1: Email your legislators by going to letherdecide.org
  • Step 2: Call your legislators by calling the Capitol Hill Switchboard at 202-224-3121. An operator will connect you with the office. Or you can look up their direct number here.
  • Step 3: Use this script to help guide your conversation.

One voice is a whisper, but many voices is a roar! Remember, it will take persistence and repetition through grassroots advocacy to get legislation passed.

2 comments

  • Linda Romps | Jun 4th 2019 @ 2:21 PM

    The lymphedema treatment act is in year 7 I think. They had many co sponsors but it was not brought to a vote. There is a new law passed recently that a bill with a certain number of co sponsors must be brought to a vote. You need to get most of Senate and House members of congress to co sponsor so it will be brought up for a vote. I am on the Michigan team and have all but two members to co sponsor the Lymphedema Treatment Act. I have contacted both Senators in Michigan for the Equity Act and

  • Linda Romps | Jun 6th 2019 @ 8:51 AM

    am sure they will co-sponsor. Everyone needs to contact their Representative to do the same.

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