FLAT New Year’s Milestones

We are thrilled to report TWO New Year’s FLAT milestones at NPOAS! Today, Fierce, FLAT, Forward reached 10,000 members! This number represents lives touched and even saved by the peer & community support provided therein. A heartfelt thank you to group founder and NPOAS VP Christy Avila for her compassionate, steady leadership. As of JanuaryContinue reading “FLAT New Year’s Milestones”

AFC Info at BreastCancer.org!

Breastcancer.org is the premier online educational resource for breast cancer, with information about risk, diagnosis, treatments, surgical options, survivorship and more. We are so happy to announce that as of today, that information includes aesthetic flat closure! Many people think of reconstructive surgery as breast reconstruction with tissue flaps or implants. But aesthetic flat closureContinue reading “AFC Info at BreastCancer.org!”

Update on NPOAS Oncology Nursing Conference Exhibit

NPOAS represented FLAT the last week of April 2022 at the Oncology Nursing Society ‘s 2022 Congress! Huge thanks to lead volunteer Renee Ridgeley (@LessThanTwoBreasts & the voice of Dr. Wendy Sage, the first openly single breasted TV character) for organizing and staffing our exhibit, and to all of our volunteers who staffed the booth. Here’s aContinue reading “Update on NPOAS Oncology Nursing Conference Exhibit”

NY AFC Bill Passes in Senate!

This Just In… NY Bill has PASSED in the Senate! As of May 31st, the New York AFC bill has passed in the Senate, and should be signed into law by the governor later this year! Women in New York State will no longer have to fight their insurance companies to get coverage for theirContinue reading “NY AFC Bill Passes in Senate!”

NCCN’s 2022 Guidelines for Patients Updated to Include “Flat Closure”

A Huge WIN for Patient Education! Groundbreaking News! Absolutely stellar news from flat advocates Robyn Towt (GPAC) and Andrea Citarelli Ottaiano (Silver Lining Holistic Health)! These amazing women worked with the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) on the 2022 updates of the breast cancer patient guidelines to include flat closure as an explicit, valid reconstructiveContinue reading “NCCN’s 2022 Guidelines for Patients Updated to Include “Flat Closure””

NY Bill A8537 Marching Forward!

Big news on the legislative advocacy front! NY Bill A8537 – Insurance Coverage for AFC has just cleared a major hurdle. The bill has passed in the Assembly, and is on its way to the Senate! Next, it’ll go to the governor’s desk to be signed into law… and that will mean no more denialsContinue reading “NY Bill A8537 Marching Forward!”

NPOAS at Oncology Nursing Society Conference

NPOAS is representing FLAT this week at the Oncology Nursing Society ‘s 2022 Congress! Huge thanks to lead volunteer Renee Ridgeley (@LessThanTwoBreasts & the voice of Dr. Wendy Sage, the first openly single breasted TV character) for organizing and staffing our exhibit! (Yes, this is the second conference this month!) #iamsage #ONS2022

#ASBRS2022 Conference Update

We were so happy to be able to exhibit at the annual meeting of the The American Society of Breast Surgeons representing the FLAT patient voice! Here’s an update on how the conference went and what we learned to help focus our future advocacy efforts. We were too busy talking with the surgeons to getContinue reading “#ASBRS2022 Conference Update”

ASPS Supports NY Bill

HUGE NEWS! The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the New York State Society of Plastic Surgeons are supporting the NY Bill to ensure insurance coverage for aesthetic flat closure (i.e., chest wall reconstruction)! Learn more about the bill and sign the petition at NotPuttingonaShirt.org/NYBill #putflatonthemenu #aestheticflatclosure