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Impact of state mandatory IVF insurance coverage

Published by Contemporary OB/GYN. Read the full article.

State infertility insurance mandates are critical for improving access to infertility care. They also help to advance gender equality and reproductive rights.

These are some of the major findings of a literature review and critical assessment of in vitro fertilization (IVF) state mandates for third-party insurance coverage in the United States published in the journal Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology.

“Infertility is one of the most common medical conditions in America,” said first author Benjamin Peipert, MD, chief resident in ob/gyn at Duke University, noting that the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) estimates that less than a quarter of infertile couples have sufficient access to infertility care.

Per capita use of assisted reproductive technology (ART) in the U.S. is also significantly lower than in other developed countries, whose national health programs provide public funding for IVF.

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