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 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.

ACT NOW in New Jersey!

New Jersey 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 New Jersey currently requires insurance coverage for infertility treatment, it does not include coverage for those at risk of iatrogenic (or medically-induced) infertility.

A3150 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 2019, and we need YOU to get involved. As New Jersey residents, your voice is the most important one!

Please send this letter to the General Assembly Speaker and bill sponsor to urge them to move this pro-family bill and bring it to a vote as soon as possible.

Act now to support family building in New Jersey!

California

Bill Number: SB 600

Updated: October 13, 2019

  • Description of Bill: This bill would clarify that an individual or group health care service plan contract or health insurance policy that covers hospital, medical, or surgical expenses includes coverage for standard fertility preservation services. This bill would also prohibit a health insurer from denying coverage for standard fertility preservation services.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this Bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: 2/25/2019 introduced and referred to the Senate Committee on Health. CA SB 600 passed the Health Committee 8-1 on 4/24/19. Bill moves to Appropriations Committee. SB 600 passed the Senate Appropriations Committee on 5/16/19. California Senate passed the bill. The bill will be heard 7/9/19  in the Assembly Committee on Health. SB 600 passed the Appropriations Committee on 8/30/19. The revised bill passed the Assembly on 9/9/2019. The bill goes back to the Senate for their consideration on 9/11/2019. Governor Newsom signed the bill into law on 10/12/2019.
  • Link to BillSB 600;
  • Read RESOLVE’s letter of support.
  • SB 600 Will End Insurer Denials of Fertility Preservation, foxandhoundsdaily.com, September 5, 2019
  • Fertility options for cancer patients must be covered under new California law, latimes.com, October 13, 2019

Connecticut

Bill Number: SB 339

Added: February 8, 2019

  • Description of Bill: To require that certain health insurance policies delivered, issued for delivery, amended, renewed or continued in this state provide coverage for elective fertility preservation treatments.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: Public hearing to be held on 2/14/2019.
  • Link to BillSB 339;

Massachusetts

Bill Number: SD 1321

Bill Name: An Act Relative To Preserving Fertility
Added
: January 28, 2019

  • 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
  • Link to BillSD 1321;

Missouri

Bill Number: HB 2388

Added: February 8, 2018

  • Description of Bill: Requires insurance companies to cover fertility preservation procedures for insureds with a cancer diagnosis..
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE is reviewing this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: This bill has been introduced to the House of Representatives on 2/6/18 and has been read a second time.
  • Link to BillHB 2388; 

Bill Number: HB 245

Added: January 15, 2018

  • Description of Bill: This bill requires insurance companies to cover fertility preservation procedures for insureds who are at least 18 years old and are diagnosed with cancer but have not started cancer treatment. Coverage shall include embryo, oocyte, and sperm cryopreservation procedures. Any entity or individual who states in writing that methods of embryo, oocyte, and sperm cyropreservation procedures are contrary to the entity or individual’s moral, ethical, or religious beliefs the carrier may issue a policy or rider thereto that excludes coverage for such methods. This bill is similar to HB 2388 (2018).
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE is reviewing this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: 12/14/2018 introduced. Read second time on 1/10/2019.
  • Link to BillHB 245;

New Jersey

Bill Numbers: S 2133 \ A 3150

Updated: November 15, 2019

  • Description of Bill: Mandates health benefits coverage for fertility preservation services under certain health insurance plans.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: 2/8/2018 Introduced in the Assembly. Bill referred to Assembly Women and Children Committee on 3/5/2018. Introduced in the Senate. Referred to Senate Commerce Committee. The Senate bill passed favorably out of Senate Commerce Committee on 12/3/18. The Senate bill passed favorably out of Budget Committee (10-0) on 6/17/2019. A Senate vote has been scheduled on 6/20/19. The bill has been passed by the Senate. Hearing for the Assembly Women and Children Committee will be held on November 18th at 10:00AM in Committee Room 9.
  • Link to BillsS 2133; A 3150
  • Read RESOLVE’s letters of support for S 2133 and A 3150.
  • Cruz-Pérez, Ruiz Bill Requiring Health Benefits Coverage for Fertility Preservation Passes Senate, InsideNJ, June 20, 2019
  • Act Now: Please send this letter to the General Assembly Speaker and bill sponsor to urge them to move this pro-family bill and bring it to a vote as soon as possible.

New York

Bill Numbers: S 719/A 2817

Bill Name: The Fair Access to Fertility Treatment Act (FAFTA)
Updated: April 4, 2019

  • Description of Bill: This bill expands the current infertility insurance law in New York state to include insurance coverage of in vitro fertilization, fertility preservation for cancer patients, and adds non-discrimination language to ensure that all eligible individuals can receive coverage.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: S 719 has been introduced on January 9, 2019. A 2817 has been introduced on January 26, 2019. A 2817 has been referred to Assembly Insurance Committee and Codes Committee Agenda. A2817 has been referred to Ways and Means Committee to 03/18/19. FAFTA has been included in the Senate budget, and Governor Cuomo’s budget also includes an IVF proposal. A three-way budget negotiation took place and IVF coverage for the large group market was included in the 2020 NY State budget, along with fertility preservation coverage for medically-induced infertility for the individual and large and small group markets. Law takes effect January 1, 2020.
  • Link to Bill: S719; A2817
  • A family-friendly fertility law New Yorkers deserve
    Queens Chronicle, December 13, 2018
  • Coalition For Fertility Coverage Expands
    State of Politics, January 2019
  • Cuomo pushes legislation for IVF insurance coverage
    Long Island News 12, March 4, 2019
  • What’s covered under New York’s new in-vitro fertilization law?
    Times Union, April 1, 2019
  • New state budget gives NY cancer patients insurance coverage for fertility preservation
    pix11.com, April 3, 2019
  • Action Needed: Thank you to everyone who made this happen by sending letters, making calls, posting on social media, and/or attending NY Advocacy Day. Our voices were heard and we will continue to work to expand coverage to give everyone in New York a fair shot at family. Please sign up for RESOLVE action alerts to stay up to date.

Bill Number: S 1493/A 4506

Added: February 5, 2019

  • 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. Also referred to Senate Insurance Committee.
  • Link to BillA4506; S1493;

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;

Texas

Bill Number: SB 959/HB 2682

Updated: May 22, 2019

  • Description of Bill:  Relating to health benefit coverage for certain fertility preservation services under certain health benefit plans.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: SB 959 was filed on 2/21/2019. The senate bill has been referred to the Senate Business and Commerce Committee. HB 2682 was filed on 2/27/2019 and referred to the House Insurance Committee. Committee hearing is scheduled on 4/9/19. The Texas House Insurance Committee unanimously passed HB 2682. The house bill now goes to Calendars Committee to determine when it goes to the floor for a vote. HB 2682 was not placed on the House Calendar so the bill will not advance this year.
  • Link to BillSB 959; HB 2682;
  • Read RESOLVE’s Letter of Support
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