Access to Infertility Treatment and Care Act Introduced
May 17, 2019
Origin: ASRM Press Release
ASRM Thanks Congresswoman DeLauro and Senator Booker and Urges Support for the Legislation
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.
Hugh Taylor, MD, Vice President of ASRM and Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Yale School of Medicine said, “We are immensely appreciative of Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro of my own state of Connecticut and Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey for introducing this legislation with the potential to make a huge difference in the lives of Americans struggling with the disease of infertility. For far too long, too many infertility patients in the US have not been able to obtain insurance coverage for their treatment. Even in states like Connecticut and New Jersey, where state laws mandate coverage of fertility care, exemptions for self-insured plans prevent many patients from receiving that coverage. No one should have to give up on their dreams to have a child because they cannot afford treatment out-of-pocket. We urge everyone to encourage their Representatives and Senators in Washington to support the Access to Infertility Treatment and Care Act.”
ASRM is a multidisciplinary organization dedicated to the advancement of the science and practice of reproductive medicine. The Society accomplishes its mission through the pursuit of excellence in education and research and through advocacy on behalf of patients, physicians, and affiliated health care providers. The Society is committed to facilitating and sponsoring educational activities for the lay public and continuing medical education activities for professionals who are engaged in the practice of and research in reproductive medicine. www.asrm.org