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HC branch chief shares personal infertility story, describes game-changing new health coverage

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TSA Human Capital Branch Chief Kathy Carnevale has an intensity in her voice when she speaks about insurance plans offered in the 2023 Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB) program.

Carnevale, who oversees the staff responsible for retirement benefits, is especially enthusiastic about new health plans covering assisted reproductive technology (ART) benefits. The federal government has added four new plan options to the existing benefit packages, providing a total of 19 distinct choices in 2023.

The CDC defines ART as including all fertility treatments in which either eggs or embryos are handled.

“Someone today will learn they are living with the diagnosis of infertility,” said Carnevale. “There’s so many people who don’t even try to build their family because they just can’t afford it. This insurance makes it easier for people to pursue treatment. To be able to give hope to someone and offer something that might make it easier and better for them to build their family is a really big deal.”

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