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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. 

State Legislatures Busy

State legislatures remain busy with various issues related to surrogacy, embryo storage, fertility fraud, and personhood, among others, while Cambodia addresses surrogacy issues.

DEADLINE April 26, 2019 - The ASRM Research Institute Solicits its First Round of Major Grant Applications

The newly established ASRM Research Institute invites applications from investigators to develop research projects addressing fundamental questions of major clinical significance to reproductive medicine. Preference for funding will be given to projects that attempt to answer timely, basic and clinically relevant questions of potential high impact to the practice of reproductive medicine and which are currently not fundable (either because of applicable existing federal law or because of relatively lower prioritization) by federal funding agencies. Applicants are advised to review the recently published ASRM Research Blueprint identifying the list of research priorities for the Society.

ASRM Goes to Geneva for the World Health Organization’s Global Summit on Safety and Access to Fertility Care

This week, members of ASRM’s leadership team are meeting with other leaders in reproductive health from around the world in Geneva, Switzerland. The WHO is holding its Global Summit on Safety and Access to Fertility Care to develop strategies for improving access to safe, ethical, and cost-effective fertility care, particularly in developing countries. This conference follows up on an ASRM-sponsored meeting in 2015.

ASRM Statement on Reports of Human Reproductive Gene-Editing in China

Statement attributable to ASRM President, Peter Schlegel, MD.

 

“We have reviewed the report of He Jiankui of Shanghai, China, regarding the initiation of a twin pregnancy after premature human application of the unfolding scientific technique of CRISPER/Cas to modify genes in human embryos as part of an in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedure.  Although gene editing may have an important place in human medicine in the future, it should only be used clinically after careful study done with vigorous oversight. 

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