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.

ACT NOW in Illinois!

Illinois has the chance to join the growing list of states that provide insurance coverage for fertility preservation for those facing chemotherapy or other medically necessary treatment that threatens their ability to have children. While Illinois currently requires insurance coverage for infertility treatment, it does not include coverage for those at risk of iatrogenic (or medically-induced) infertility.

HB 2617 addresses this gap in insurance coverage so patients do not have to choose between effective medical treatment and a future chance at parenthood.

We are working with the Alliance for Fertility Preservation  and other allies to pass this important bill in 2018, and we need YOU to get involved. As Illinois residents, your voice is the most important one!

Please call and send this letter to your Illinois State Representative to ensure the bill gets a hearing and voted on this month. It takes just minutes to send this letter to let your lawmaker know you want this pro-family bill passed this year.

California

Bill Number: SB 172

Bill Name: Health care coverage: fertility preservation Updated: June 19, 2017

  • Description of Bill:  This bill impacts heath care plans issued on or before January 1, 2018 that covers hospital, medical, surgical, and other iatrogenic expenses for diagnoses with medical interventions that could or does lead to iatrogenic infertility. It requires those plans to also cover resulting infertility treatment. However, this will not impact specialized health care service plans or a specialized health insurance policies.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: SB. 172 was introduced on January 23rd, 2017. This legislation is being sponsored by Senator Anthony Portantino (D). On February 2nd, 2017 it was referred to the Committee on Health. It was released from Committee with the author’s amendments and re-referred to Committee on Health on March 7th, 2017. Bill was amended, passed and referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee, where it was placed on the Appropriations Suspense file.
  • Link to BillSB 172;

Connecticut

Bill Numbers: HB 5968 HB 7124

Bill Name: An Act Requiring Health Insurance Coverage For Fertility Preservation For Insureds Diagnosed With Cancer Updated: June 21, 2017

  • Description of Bill: This bill would mandate insurance coverage for fertility preservation for men and women before undergoing cancer treatments.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The bill’s language was added as an amendment to HB 7124 and passed by the House unanimously on 5/25/17 and by the Senate on 6/2/17. It is headed to the Governor for signature. The Governor signed the bill into law on 6/20/17.
  • Link to BillHB 5968HB 7124
  • Read RESOLVE’s Letter of Support
  • Action Needed: Thank you for your advocacy in passing this pro-family law! Sign up for RESOLVE Advocacy Alerts for the latest developments on state and federal legislation.

Hawaii

Bill Number: HB 2669

Bill Name: Relating To Cancer Patients
Updated: February 6, 2018

  • Description of Bill: This bill would mandate insurance coverage for fertility preservation for men and women before undergoing cancer treatments.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: Bill introduced on 1/24/18 and referred to Health and Human Services Committee. Hearing scheduled for 2/2/18. The committee(s) on HHS recommend(s) that the measure be deferred.
  • Link to BillHB 2669;
  • Read RESOLVE’s letter of support

Illinois

Bill Number: HB 2617

Bill Name: Insurance CD-FERTILITY PRESERVATION
Updated: April 24, 2018

  • Description of Bill:  Amends the Illinois Insurance Code to provide that a policy of accident or health insurance shall provide coverage for medically necessary expenses for standard fertility preservation services when a necessary medical treatment may directly or indirectly cause iatrogenic infertility to an enrollee.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The bill was introduced and assigned to the Human Services Committee on 1/24/2018.
  • Link to BillHB 2617;
  • Read Commentary: Give cancer survivors a chance to save their fertility published by the Chicago Tribune
  • Act Now: Send this letter and call your Illinois State Representative to ensure the bill gets a hearing and voted on this month.

Kentucky

Bill Number: SB 95

Bill Name: AN ACT relating to coverage for medically necessary fertility preservation services.
Added: January 26, 2018

  • Description of Bill: Create a new section of Subtitle 17A of KRS Chapter 304 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.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The bill was introduced in the Senate and assigned to the Banking and Insurance Committee.
  • Link to BillSB 95;

Maryland

Bill Number: SB 271 / HB 908

Bill Name: Health Insurance – Coverage of Fertility Preservation Procedures for Iatrogenic Infertility
Updated: February 8, 2018

  • Description of Bill:  Requiring certain insurers, nonprofit health service plans, and health maintenance organizations that provide certain benefits under certain insurance policies or contracts to provide coverage for certain fertility preservation procedures; and applying the Act to all policies, contracts, and health benefit plans issued, delivered, or renewed in the State on or after January 1, 2019.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The Senate bill was introduced and assigned to the Finance Committee. Committee hearing will be held on 2/7/2018. The house bill was introduced on 2/5/2018. Senate Finance Committee unanimously voted out SB 271 and it now heads to the Senate floor for a vote.
  • Link to BillSB 0271; HB 908
  • Read RESOLVE’s letter of support.

Mississippi

Bill Number: HB 1198

Updated: February 8, 2018

  • Description of Bill: Health insurance policies; require certain to provide infertility coverage.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: This bill has been introduced and sent to the Insurance Committee. This bill passed the House on 2/8/18.
  • Link to Bill:  HB 1198; 

Oregon

Bill Number: SB 859

Updated: March 21, 2017

  • Description of Bill: This bill requires physician to discuss issues related to fertility with adolescent oncology patient
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The bill was referred to the Senate Health Care Committee on 2/27/17. A hearing is scheduled for 3/16/17.
  • Link to BillSB 859;
  • Read RESOLVE’s Letter of Support 
  • Action Needed: Contact info@resolve.org if you are you suffering from infertility as a result of cancer treatment. We need your experience to help advocate for this bill.

Rhode Island

Bill Number: H 6710A and  S 0821A

Bill Name: An Act Relating to Insurance Updated: July 10, 2017

  • Description of Bill:  This bill would mandate insurance coverage for medically necessary expenses for standard fertility preservation services when a necessary medical treatment may directly or indirectly cause iatrogenic infertility to a covered person.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The bill passed in the Senate on 6/8/17 and has been sent to the House Municipal Government Committee. The bill has been transferred to the House Corporations Committee. Scheduled for consideration on 6/16/17. House passed Sub A  on 06/26/17 and the Senate consented on 06/28/17. The bill now goes to the Governor for signature. Gov. Raimondo signed the bill on July 5th.
  • Link to BillS 0821AH 6710A
  • Read RESOLVE’s Letter of Support
  • Action Needed: Thank you for your advocacy in passing this pro-family law! Sign up for RESOLVE Advocacy Alerts for the latest developments on state and federal legislation.