Legislators Advocate For Improved Access to Fertility Treatment

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Three lawmakers have re-introduced a bicameral bill that would expand health insurance coverage for infertility treatment and services.

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) and New Jersey Senators Cory Booker and Bob Menendez re-introduced the Access to Infertility Treatment and Care Act on May 17. The bill would require more health insurance providers to cover infertility treatment and fertility preservation services “for individuals who undergo a medically necessary procedure that may cause infertility,” such as chemotherapy.

“For many American families, the pain and frustration of infertility is made worse by a staggering financial burden,” Booker said in a statement. “This bill will ensure more Americans have the opportunity to start or build a family by requiring more insurance plans cover treatment for infertility and fertility preservation services.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines infertility as “as not being able to get pregnant (conceive) after one year (or…

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