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.

Victory in New Jersey!

RESOLVE is happy to announce that New Jersey will provide insurance coverage for fertility preservation for those facing chemotherapy or other medically necessary treatment that threatens their ability to have children, beginning in 2020.

Today Governor Murphy signed legislation to give people with diseases like cancer access to fertility preservation and the hope of becoming parents. RESOLVE applauds the New Jersey legislature and Governor for addressing this gap in insurance coverage and is working in other states to pass similar legislation to ensure that people do not have to choose between effective medical treatment and a future chance at parenthood.

Victory in California!

RESOLVE is happy to announce that California has confirmed that insurers are required to cover fertility preservation for those facing chemotherapy or other medically necessary treatment that threatens their ability to have children, effective immediately.

Governor Newsom signed clarifying legislation that ensures that people with diseases like cancer have access to fertility preservation and the hope of becoming parents. RESOLVE applauds the California legislature and Governor for listening to the voices of the cancer and family building communities, so that Californians do not have to choose between effective medical treatment and a future chance at parenthood.

Now we must raise our voices to help all Californians struggling to build their families by passing legislation for IVF insurance coverage. California’s current infertility insurance law only requires health insurers to “offer” not provide coverage for fertility treatment, and specifically excludes IVF treatment.

Colorado

Bill Name: Building Families Act

Updated: April 27, 2020

  • Description of Bill: All health benefit plans issued or renewed on or after the effective date of this Act shall provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of infertility and standard fertility preservation services.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: Bill was introduced on 1/21/2020. Bill was assigned to the Health and Insurance Committee on 1/21/2020. House Committee Hearing held on 2/12/2020. Bill was passed unanimously in the Health and Insurance Committee and was referred to the Committee on Appropriations on 2/12/2020. Bill passed the full House and moved to the Senate on 2/19/2020. Introduced in the Senate and assigned to the Health and Human Services Committee on 2/21/2020. Senate committee hearing held on 2/27/2020. Senate second reading passed with amendments on 3/13/2020. Senate third reading passed- no amendments on 3/14/2020. House considered Senate amendments- result was to concur-repass on 3/14/2020. Senate committee hearing held on 2/27/2020. Senate second reading passed with amendments on 3/13/2020. Senate third reading passed- no amendments on 3/14/2020. House considered Senate amendments- result was to concur-repass on 3/14/2020. The bill now heads to the Governor for signature. The Governor signed this bill into law on 4/1/2020.
  • Link to Bill: HB20-1158
  • Action Needed: Send this message to your State Senator and Representative and let them know you support our Colorado Building Families Act.
  • Read: Infertility Treatment Coverage Bill To Be Introduced At Legislative SessionCBS4Politics.com, 1/07/2020
  • Read: Advocacy group pushing for IVF insurance coverage in Coloradokdvr.com, 1/07/2020
  • Read: Cancer Survivor Testifies In Favor Of Bill To Require Insurance To Cover Infertility Treatment, CBS4Politics.com, 2/12/2020.
  • Read: Colorado lawmakers consider insurance coverage for infertility treatment, 9News.com, 2/12/2020.
  • Read: New Push to Expand Coverage for Fertility Treatments Moves Forward at Colorado Capitol, kdvr.com, 2/12/2020

Kentucky

Bill Number: SB 54

Added: January 21, 2020

  • Description of Bill: To establish that any health benefit plan issued or renewed in the Commonwealth that provides coverage for hospital, medical, or surgical expenses, shall include coverage for standard fertility preservation services when a necessary medical treatment may directly or indirectly cause iatrogenic infertility to an insured; establish language to specify that fertility preservation coverage is not required to be provided or included in any employer-sponsored health benefit plan offered by an employer to its employees if the employer is a religious organization.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE is reviewing this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: 01/07/2020 Introduced in the Senate. 01/08/2020 assigned to the Committee on Banking & Insurance.
  • Link to Bill: SB 54
  • Action Needed: Please sign up for RESOLVE action alerts to stay up to date on legislative activity in your state.

Massachusetts

Bill Number: S 560

Bill Name: An Act Relative To Preserving Fertility
Updated
: January 16, 2020

  • Description of Bill: Any coverage offered by the commission to an active or retired employee of the commonwealth insured under the group insurance commission shall provide, to the same extent that benefits are provided for other pregnancy-related procedures, coverage for standard fertility preservation services when the enrollee has a diagnosed medical or genetic condition that may directly or indirectly cause impairment of fertility by affecting reproductive organs or processes. Said coverage will include the coverage for procurement, cryopreservation, and storage of gametes, embryos or other reproductive tissue.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: 1/22/2019 Senate referred to the committee on Financial Services. 1/22/2019 House concurred. Hearing will be held on 10/8/2019.
  • Link to BillS560;
  • Action Needed: Please sign up for RESOLVE action alerts to stay up to date on legislative activity in your state.

Missouri

Bill Number: HB 2251

Added March 9, 2020

  • Description of Bill: Requires insurance companies to cover fertility preservation procedures for insureds who are less than eighteen years of age and are diagnosed with cancer but have not started cancer treatment.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE is reviewing this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: 01/22/2020 Introduced in the House and read first time. 01/23/2020 Second reading. 03/05/2020 Referred to the Health and Mental Health Policy Committee.
  • Link to Bill: HB 2251
  • Action Needed: Please sign up for RESOLVE action alerts to stay up to date on legislative activity in your state.

New York

Bill Number: A 4506/S 1493

Updated: January 17, 2020

  • Description of Bill: Provides that policies issued in this state that provide coverage for hospital, surgical or medical care shall provide coverage for standard fertility preservation services when a necessary cancer treatment may directly or indirectly cause iatrogenic infertility to a covered person.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE is reviewing this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: 2/4/2019 referred to Assembly Insurance Committee. Introduced and referred to Senate Insurance Committee on 01/08/2020.
  • Link to BillA4506; S1493;
  • Action Needed: Please sign up for RESOLVE action alerts to stay up to date on legislative activity in your state.

Bill Number: A 7478A/S 6403

Updated: January 16, 2020

  • Description of Bill: Relates to insurance coverage of in vitro fertilization and other fertility preservation treatments.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: Assembly bill referred to Insurance Committee on 5/6/2019. Currently on Assembly Insurance Committee Agenda. Referred to the Assembly Codes committee on 5/30/2019. Currently on Assembly Codes Committee Agenda. Referred to Ways and Means Committee on 6/4/19. S 6403 was introduced and referred to Senate Rules Committee on 6/7/19. A7478A was introduced and referred to Assembly Ways and Means on 1/08/2020. S6403 was introduced and referred to Senate Insurance Committee on 1/08/2020.
  • Link to BillsA 7478AS 6403;
  • Action Needed: Send these letters now to the Assembly Ways and Means Committe and the Senate Rules Committee. If a Committee member is your individual lawmaker, make sure you identify yourself as a constituent of that Committee member.
  • Read Simotas for Inclusion of In-Vitro in Ind. & Small Group Market Health Insurance Plans, The National Herald, May 12, 2019

Oregon

Bill Number: SB 911

Added: May 2, 2019

  • Description of Bill: Requires health benefit plans, state medical assistance program, Public Employees’ Benefit Board and Oregon Educators Benefit Board to pay for standard fertility preservation services for covered individual who will undergo medical treatment that is likely to result in iatrogenic infertility.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: Hearing in Senate Health 3/11. Passed favorably. Sent to Joint Committee on Ways & Means.
  • Link to BillSB 911;

Virginia

Bill Number: HB 776

Added: April 27, 2020

  • Description of Bill: Requires health insurance policies, subscription contracts and health care plans to provide coverage for standard fertility preservation procedures that are medically necessary to preserve the fertility of a covered individual due to the covered individual’s receiving cancer treatment that may directly or indirectly cause iatrogenic infertility.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this bill with amendments.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: 01/14/2020 Introduced in the House and assigned to the Committee on Labor and Commerce. 01/16/2020 assigned to a subcommittee in the Committee on Labor and Commerce. 1/28/2020 Committee hearing held and recommends incorporating (HB 776-Helmer) by voice vote.
  • Link to Bill: HB 776
  • Action Needed: Please sign up for RESOLVE action alerts to stay up to date on legislative activity in your state.

Bill Number: SB 920

Updated: February 17, 2020

  • Description of Bill: Requires health insurance policies, subscription contracts and health care plans to provide coverage for standard fertility preservation procedures that are medically necessary to preserve the fertility of a covered individual due to the covered individual’s receiving cancer treatment that may directly or indirectly cause iatrogenic infertility.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE is reviewing this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: 01/09/20 Bill was introduced in Senate and referred to Committee on Education and Health. 01/16/20 Referred to Judiciary Committee. 02/04/20 Read third time and passed in the Senate (40-Y 0-N). 02/12/20 Read for first time in the House and referred to the Committee for Courts of Justice.
  • Link to Bill: SB 920
  • Action Needed: Please sign up for RESOLVE action alerts to stay up to date on legislative activity in your state.

Bill Number: HB 1567

Added: January 20, 2020

  • Description of Bill: Requires health insurance policies, subscription contracts, and health care plans to provide coverage for embryo transfer, in vitro fertilization, artificial insemination, gamete intrafallopian tube transfer, intracytoplasmic sperm injection, zygote intrafallopian transfer, and low tubal ovum transfer when performed on a covered individual who is less than 50 years old and infertile.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this bill with amendments.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: 01/14/2020 Introduced in the House and assigned to the Committee on Labor and Commerce. 01/1/20 assigned to a subcommittee in the Committee on Labor and Commerce.
  • Link to Bill: HB 1567
  • Action Needed: Please sign up for RESOLVE action alerts to stay up to date on legislative activity in your state.