Rhode Island Becomes First State to Pass Law Explicitly Requiring Coverage of Fertility Preservation for At-Risk Patients
Aug 04, 2017
Origin: ASRM Bulletin
Last month, Rhode Island became the first state to pass a law explicitly requiring coverage for fertility preservation prior to gonadotoxic medical therapy, treatment that could directly or indirectly cause infertility.
As previously reported, legislation in Connecticut was signed into law in June with the same intent. The new Connecticut law revises the definition of infertility in the state’s statute to include “medically necessary” treatments. The Rhode Island law provides a separate definition, which explicitly mandates fertility preservation coverage prior to gonadotoxic therapies.
ASRM members from the Fertility Center at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island co-wrote the bill and were instrumental in its passage. The hospital issued a press release heralding the new law. The news was picked up by the Associated Press and covered by the New York Times.
ASRM will continue to bring attention to the need for fertility preservation treatments for oncology patients and others and hopes that other states will follow the direction of both Rhode Island and Connecticut in recognizing the need for access to this necessary care.