(May 15, 2018, McLean, VA) RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association applauds Maryland Governor Larry Hogan for signing a bill into a law that will ensure fertility preservation insurance coverage for those facing chemotherapy or some other medically necessary treatment that threatens their ability to have children.
RESOLVE applauds Governor Hogan and the Maryland legislature for addressing this gap in insurance coverage,” said Barbara Collura, President/CEO, RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association. “Patients should not have to choose between effective medical treatment and a future chance at parenthood. This law gives people with diseases like cancer access to fertility preservation and the hope of becoming parents.”
“This new legislation will enable patients facing cancer diagnoses the option of taking advantage of medical advancements in freezing technology,” said Gilbert L. Mottla, MD, Shady Grove Fertility. “Many are young patients, years away from starting a family who now will not lose the hope of future parenthood.”
“For many young cancer patients, loss of fertility is an unfortunate side effect of treatment. But the fact is, we have the medical means to preserve the possibility of parenthood for these patients,” said Brock Yetso, President and CEO of the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. “Parenthood is a fundamental life function that shouldn’t be eliminated due to disease or financial barriers. We’re proud to say that, in Maryland, fertility preservation is now an affordable reality for the majority of cancer patients. We thank our legislators and Governor Hogan for supporting this important piece of legislation.”
RESOLVE advocated strongly for passage of this legislation and worked with a coalition of Maryland advocates and like-minded organizations to advance this cause. For more information on the Health Insurance – Coverage of Fertility Preservation Procedures for Iatrogenic Infertility, refer to the bills: SB 271 / HB 908.
About RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association: Established in 1974, RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association is a non-profit organization with the only established, nationwide network mandated to promote reproductive health and to ensure equal access to all family building options for men and women experiencing infertility or other reproductive disorders. One in eight U.S. couples of childbearing age has trouble conceiving or carrying a pregnancy to term. RESOLVE addresses this public health issue by providing community to these women and men, connecting them with others who can help, empowering them to find resolution and giving voice to their demands for access to all family building options. For more information, visit www.RESOLVE.org.