WASHINGTON DC – US Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) reintroduced a bicameral bill to expand health insurance coverage for infertility treatments and services. the Access to Infertility Treatment and Care Act would require more health insurers to provide coverage for infertility treatment, as well as fertility preservation services for people who are undergoing medically necessary procedures that can cause infertility, such as chemotherapy.
“Infertility is a common disease, but few health insurance plans cover its treatment, leaving many American families financially overwhelmed or unable to support their families.” said Senator Booker. “The Access to Infertility Treatment and Care Act will help ease this burden by requiring more insurance plans to cover infertility treatment and fertility preservation services.
“When people do not have insurance coverage for infertility treatment and care, they are forced to make an impossible choice between essentials like food, clothing and shelter or to pay for them. pocket to have the chance to have a child ” said MP DeLauro. “The emotional and physical toll of infertility should not be heightened by the financial burden that can accompany treatment. The Access to Infertility Treatment and Care Act will help ensure that all Americans get the insurance coverage they deserve and the opportunity to expand their families.
“Expanding access to affordable health services is essential to help create strong, healthy families. This bill will improve infertility treatment coverage and fertility preservation for patients ”, said Senator Menendez. “Aside from the enormous emotional burden, helping women and couples conceive is incredibly expensive. Our bill eases some of that financial burden, protects parents from bankruptcy while trying to have a child, and allows families to grow.
“For many families, infertility treatments are expensive and often out of reach. said Senator Gillibrand. “These important and life-changing services strengthen families and should be accessible and affordable for all. The bicameral law on access to infertility treatment and care would oblige more insurance companies to cover infertility treatment, thus alleviating the financial burden that many families face, and would help ensure that everyone the opportunity to grow his family.
“This pro-family legislation is important for people living with the diseases of infertility and cancer, and gives hope to Americans who want to start a family,” said Hugh Taylor, MD, president of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. “The leadership of Senator Booker and Representative DeLauro demonstrates their commitment to medical equity in access to reproductive health care” he added.
Despite the prevalence of infertility – one in eight couples would have difficulty conceiving – coverage of treatment options is limited. For example, only 27 percent of large employers – and 14 percent of small employers provide insurance coverage for in vitro fertilization. For those who have the resources and decide to pay out of pocket for infertility treatment, the costs can easily exceed $ 10,000.
Specifically, the Access to Infertility Treatment and Care Act would require that most private health insurance plans, as well as plans offered by the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, Medicaid, TRICARE and the VA , cover the treatment of infertility without increasing insurance or participation fees. It would also ensure that these plans cover fertility preservation services for people who are undergoing a medically necessary procedure that can lead to infertility.
the Access to Infertility Treatment and Care Act is co-sponsored by Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) as well as Representatives Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Deborah Ross (D-CA), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Emanuel Cleaver , II (D-MO).
Support organizations: RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association • American Society for Reproductive Medicine • Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology • PCOS Challenge: The National Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Association • American Urological Association • National Military Family Association • Alliance for Fertility Preservation • Endocrine Society • National Association of Nurse Women’s Health Practitioners • Service Women’s Action Network • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists • Society of Gynecologic Oncology • Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc. • Young Survival Coalition • North American Society of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology • Society of Reproductive Surgeons • Society for Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility • Military Family Building Coalition
The full text of the legislation can be viewed here.