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ASRM One of Ten National Health Organizations Urging Supreme Court to Find Louisiana Law Unconstitutional

Today, ASRM joined with nine other healthcare organization, led by ACOG, to file an amicus brief with the US Supreme Court in the case June Medical Services LLC v. Rebekah Gee.

In September 2018, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals overruled a challenge to a Louisiana law requiring that physicians providing abortion care have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their clinics. The Louisiana law they upheld is virtually identical to the Texas law found unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in Whole Women’s Health vs. Texas in 2016.

Access to Infertility Treatment and Care Act Introduced

Washington, DC-- The Access to Infertility Treatment and Care Act (HR 2803 and S 1461) just introduced in Congress will require all health plans offered on the group and individual markets to provide coverage for the treatment of infertility. The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, TRICARE, the VA and Medicaid are also included under the Act. In addition, the Act will require coverage for fertility preservation services for individuals who undergo a medically necessary procedure that may cause infertility, such as chemotherapy.

Advocacy Day 2019: ASRM Went to Capitol Hill to Garner Support for New Legislation to Ensure All Americans Have Coverage for Fertility Care

This year’s turnout was the largest to date, with 233 patients and professionals- members of ASRM and RESOLVE from 29 states and the District of Columbia-  in Washington, DC yesterday to meet with their Senators and Representatives to let them know how they can help Americans build their families via support for legislation important to the infertility community.  Before heading out to the Hill, advocates heard first hand from Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a long-time champion of legislation to help the infertility community, about her personal infertility and cancer journeys, and her call to action.

Oral Contraceptives May Limit Bone Loss in Young Anorexic Patients

French researchers have identified a promising protective effect of oral contraceptives on the bone health of young women with anorexia nervosa.  Along with the gynecological disorders resulting from anorexia, patients experience bone loss with intense demineralization early in the course of the disease. This study shows for the first time that anorexia patients using oral contraceptives (OCs) have a higher areal bone mineral density than those who do not use OCs  and suggests that, while regularly taking an oral contraceptive will not confer complete protection, it may help to limit bone loss in young women suffering from anorexia nervosa.

ASRM and RESOLVE Announce New Partnership Agreement

ASRM is proud to announce that we have entered into an agreement with RESOLVE: the National Infertility Association to form a new partnership focused on access to care and patient education efforts. ASRM and RESOLVE have a long and successful history of working together to improve conditions for patients, and this agreement brings a new, more formal status to that relationship. The joint efforts will focus on three areas: supporting RESOLVE’s Coverage at Work initiative, working together on policy advocacy efforts, and improving ASRM’s Patient Education offerings.

 

New York Becomes Tenth State to Require Coverage of IVF and Sixth State to Require Coverage for Fertility Preservation for Certain Patients

New York lawmakers passed a budget measure late yesterday which updates the state’s existing infertility statute to include a requirement for health plans operating in the large group market (employers with 100 or more full-time staff) to provide coverage for three cycles of in-vitro fertilization. The budget measure also includes a provision requiring that patients at risk for iatrogenic infertility be covered for fertility preservation services. 

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