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Couple fights and wins insurance battle over fertility treatments

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About 10% of men and women who try to have a baby are impacted by infertility, prompting many to seek treatments like in vitro fertilization.

Those treatments can cost tens of thousands of dollars, but Action News Investigates has learned some families are paying far more than they need to.

The birth of Lucy Barta was a special moment for her big brother and her parents, Travis and Kristen Barta of Saltsburg. But Lucy’s arrival did not come easy.

“I was a high-risk pregnancy. I’d already had eight miscarriages,” Kristen Barta said.

Because of that, the Bartas decided to do in vitro fertilization, or IVF.

Highmark, their health insurer, told them nearly all the IVF procedures were covered and their out-of-pocket cost would be less than $1,000.

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