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Democrats, health groups call out OPM over infertility coverage

Published by Federal Times. Read the full article.

Reproductive health advocacy groups and Democratic lawmakers are pressing the Office of Personnel Management on why some insurers offer fewer infertility treatments than they’re required to in federal employee health plans.

In a letter to OPM Director Kiran Ahuja obtained by Federal Times, Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) and Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) said certain providers under the Federal Employee Benefits Program — which serves 8 million beneficiaries — are denying coverage of standard fertility preservation treatments.

Benefits are provided by insurance companies but coordinated and overseen by OPM.

“This denial not only violates the coverage directive set by OPM but also undermines the intent to support fertility benefits for federal employees struggling with infertility,” the lawmakers said in the July 18 letter.

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