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WellPoint to cover hospital stay for breast cancer surgery

Hartford Courant, May 27, 2010

WellPoint Inc. will cover a minimum 48-hour hospital stay for breast-removal surgery on cancer patients, eliminating the possibility of "drive-through mastectomies" for the health insurer's members. WellPoint's policy takes effect July 1, although 20 states currently have laws requiring insurers to cover at least a minimum amount of hospitalization time for mastectomy patients.