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D.C. bill would mandate insurance, Medicaid coverage for infertility

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Maya Martin Cadogan and her husband faced a difficult choice: buy a home in D.C., where six generations of her family have lived, or seek expensive infertility treatment to start a family. Like many couples in the District and around the country, it appeared they couldn’t afford both.

Legislation pending in D.C. and an increasing number of states would put parenthood within reach for those such as Martin Cadogan by requiring insurance plans to cover infertility diagnosis and treatment that can cost many tens of thousands of dollars, often forcing would-be parents into debt.

D.C.’s bill aims to go a step further by making the city a leader in the nation in also covering a portion of this care for Medicaid enrollees — who are disproportionately Latino and Black — although D.C. will need permission from the federal government to do so.

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