On May 24, 2018 Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Senator Cory A. Booker (NJ) introduced a brand-new bill called Access to Infertility Treatment & Care Act, S2960 and HR 5965. This bill is a transformative piece of legislation in that it requires all insurance plans to include coverage for in vitro fertilization, or IVF, as well as fertility preservation medical services for iatrogenic infertility. What iatrogenic infertility means is if someone needs medical treatment for a disease such as cancer or lupus, and that treatment will make them infertile, they can preserve sperm, egg and embryos before beginning their medical treatment.
Currently health insurance provided by the federal government to active duty service members, Veterans, and federal employees doesn’t even cover IVF and fertility preservation. This bill would change that and require coverage, as well as require coverage for people covered by their private employer.
Congresswoman DeLauro and Senator Booker announced this bill at the RESOLVE-ASRM Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. on May 23, 2018 to over 200 advocates who welcomed this legislation with cheers, tears, and a standing ovation.
In the News:
Act to widen fertility care access goes to US House and Senate, Bio News, May 29, 2018
Cancer Patients Pay Thousands To Save Their Fertility. New Laws Aim To Change That, Huffington Post, June 7, 2018