Covering Fertility Preservation ImageEach year, tens of thousands of people are diagnosed with cancer in their reproductive years, the majority of which are at risk for iatrogenic (or medically-induced) infertility from their cancer treatment. Iatrogenic infertility may also affect people undergoing treatment for sickle cell anemia, lupus, and other autoimmune diseases. RESOLVE believes that patients should not have to choose between effective medical treatment and a future chance at parenthood.

RESOLVE supports legislation that requires fertility preservation insurance coverage for cancer patients and others whose treatment causes infertility.

California

Bill Number: SB 172

Bill Name: Health care coverage: fertility preservation Updated: June 19, 2017

  • Description of Bill:  This bill impacts heath care plans issued on or before January 1, 2018 that covers hospital, medical, surgical, and other iatrogenic expenses for diagnoses with medical interventions that could or does lead to iatrogenic infertility. It requires those plans to also cover resulting infertility treatment. However, this will not impact specialized health care service plans or a specialized health insurance policies.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: SB. 172 was introduced on January 23rd, 2017. This legislation is being sponsored by Senator Anthony Portantino (D). On February 2nd, 2017 it was referred to the Committee on Health. It was released from Committee with the author’s amendments and re-referred to Committee on Health on March 7th, 2017. Bill was amended, passed and referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee, where it was placed on the Appropriations Suspense file.
  • Link to BillSB 172;

Connecticut

Bill Numbers: HB 5968 HB 7124

Bill Name: An Act Requiring Health Insurance Coverage For Fertility Preservation For Insureds Diagnosed With Cancer Updated: June 21, 2017

  • Description of Bill: This bill would mandate insurance coverage for fertility preservation for men and women before undergoing cancer treatments.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The bill’s language was added as an amendment to HB 7124 and passed by the House unanimously on 5/25/17 and by the Senate on 6/2/17. It is headed to the Governor for signature. The Governor signed the bill into law on 6/20/17.
  • Link to BillHB 5968HB 7124
  • Read RESOLVE’s Letter of Support
  • Action Needed: Thank you for your advocacy in passing this pro-family law! Sign up for RESOLVE Advocacy Alerts for the latest developments on state and federal legislation.

Hawaii

Bill Number: HB 1562

Bill Name: Relating To Cancer Patients. Updated: July 31, 2017

  • Description of Bill: This bill would mandate insurance coverage for fertility preservation for men and women before undergoing cancer treatments.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The bill was deferred and the legislature has adjourned.
  • Link to BillHB 1562;
  • Read RESOLVE’s letter of support
  • Action Needed: Sign up for RESOLVE Advocacy Alerts to receive the latest updates on this Resolution.

Illinois

Bill Number: HB 2617

Bill Name: Insurance CD-FERTILITY PRESERVATION Updated: June 19, 2017

  • Description of Bill:  Amends the Illinois Insurance Code to provide that a policy of accident or health insurance shall provide coverage for medically necessary expenses for standard fertility preservation services when a necessary medical treatment may directly or indirectly cause iatrogenic infertility to an enrollee.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The bill was introduced and assigned to the Human Services Committee on 02/22/2017 and referred to the Rules Committee on 3/31/17. Legislature adjourned on 5/31/17.
  • Link to BillHB 2617;
  • Read Commentary: Give cancer survivors a chance to save their fertility published by the Chicago Tribune
  • Action Needed: Sign up for RESOLVE Advocacy Alerts to receive the latest updates on this bill.

Kentucky

Bill Number: SB 179

Bill Name: An Act relating to coverage for fertility preservation services. Updated: June 15, 2017

  • Description of Bill: This bill would mandate insurance coverage for fertility preservation for men and women before undergoing cancer treatments.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The bill was introduced on 2/14/17 and referred to Banking & Insurance Committee; the bill died in committee.
  • Link to BillSB 179;
  • Action Needed: Sign up for RESOLVE Advocacy Alerts to receive the latest updates on this bill.

Maryland

Bill Number: HB 876 and SB 918

Bill Name: Health Insurance – Coverage of Fertility Preservation Procedures for Iatrogenic Infertility Updated: March 15, 2017

  • Description of Bill: The bill covers fertility preservation for cancer patients and others whose medical treatment may cause infertility.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The House bill was referred to the Health and Government Operations Committee on 2/6/17 with a hearing scheduled for 3/2/17. The Senate bill was referred to the Finance Committee on 2/3/17 with a hearing scheduled for 3/8/17.  Both Committees recommended an independent study on the financial impact of the bills to be completed in time for the bills to be considered next session.
  • Link to BillHB 876SB 918;
  • Read RESOLVE’s letter of support.

Mississippi

Bill Numbers: SB 2655; HB 451 and 507

Updated: February 14, 2017

  • Description of Bill: An act to require health insurance policies which provide pregnancy related benefits to provide coverage for medically necessary expenses of diagnosis and treatment of infertility. The bill also covers fertility preservation for cancer patients and others whose medical treatment may cause infertility.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: HB 451 has been introduced in the House and referred to the Insurance Committee on 01/09/17. HB 507 was introduced and referred to the Insurance Committee on 01/13/17. SB 2655 was introduced in the Senate and referred to The Appropriations and Insurance Committees on 01/16/17. Bills died in committee on 1/31/17.
  • Link to BillHB 451HB 507SB 2655;

Oregon

Bill Number: SB 859

Updated: March 21, 2017

  • Description of Bill: This bill requires physician to discuss issues related to fertility with adolescent oncology patient
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The bill was referred to the Senate Health Care Committee on 2/27/17. A hearing is scheduled for 3/16/17.
  • Link to BillSB 859;
  • Read RESOLVE’s Letter of Support 
  • Action Needed: Contact info@resolve.org if you are you suffering from infertility as a result of cancer treatment. We need your experience to help advocate for this bill.

Rhode Island

Bill Number: H 6710A and  S 0821A

Bill Name: An Act Relating to Insurance Updated: July 10, 2017

  • Description of Bill:  This bill would mandate insurance coverage for medically necessary expenses for standard fertility preservation services when a necessary medical treatment may directly or indirectly cause iatrogenic infertility to a covered person.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The bill passed in the Senate on 6/8/17 and has been sent to the House Municipal Government Committee. The bill has been transferred to the House Corporations Committee. Scheduled for consideration on 6/16/17. House passed Sub A  on 06/26/17 and the Senate consented on 06/28/17. The bill now goes to the Governor for signature. Gov. Raimondo signed the bill on July 5th.
  • Link to BillS 0821AH 6710A
  • Read RESOLVE’s Letter of Support
  • Action Needed: Thank you for your advocacy in passing this pro-family law! Sign up for RESOLVE Advocacy Alerts for the latest developments on state and federal legislation.