ASRM Applauds the Introduction of the Family Building FEHB Fairness Act
Apr 25, 2023
Origin: ASRM Press Release
This introduction comes on the heels of the US Office of Personnel’s (OPM) announcement updating health benefits for all federal employees with expanded assisted reproductive technology (ART) coverage in March of 2023.
This legislation requires Federal employee health benefit plans to include assisted reproductive treatment benefits, including:
- Assisted reproduction, including intravaginal insemination, intracervical insemination (ICI), and intrauterine insemination (IUI).
- In vitro fertilization (IVF).
- Preservation of human oocytes, embryos, or sperm for later reproductive use; and
- Such other treatments, procedures, medications, laboratory services, and technologies as determined appropriate by the Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).
“The time for accessible fertility treatment is now, and the Family Building FEHB Fairness Act is the final step to ensure that Federal employees have comprehensive reproductive health insurance coverage. The legislation would require Federal employee health benefit plans to include assisted reproductive treatment benefits, including IVF. The OPM has made great strides in mandating increasing coverage for fertility over the past few years, which I personally appreciate, but there is one more step to go. Congress must pass this bill to secure comprehensive fertility benefits for all federal employees so that they are supported in building the families that they choose. We applaud the introduction of this bill and commend Representatives Connolly and Mace, and Senator Duckworth, and their staff for their leadership,” said Michael Thomas, MD, ASRM President.