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The Fight to Cover Infertility; Suit Says Employer's Refusal to Pay Is Form of Bias - New York Times

Posted Nov 18 2008 12:17am

The Fight to Cover Infertility; Suit Says Employer's Refusal to Pay Is Form of Bias - New York Times: "The Fight to Cover Infertility; Suit Says Employer's Refusal to Pay Is Form of Bias, By JANE GROSS. Published: December 7, 1998.
On Thursday morning, after a fitful night's sleep, Rochelle Saks had her last artificial insemination. Her medical plan does not cover infertility treatments, she owes her doctor almost $10,000 and she can afford to pay only a few hundred dollars a month to retire the debt. Thus, he has refused to continue treating her.''I've been up since 2:30 in the morning, thinking this is our last try,'' Ms. Saks said before that final visit to the doctor. ''We cannot afford to go any further on our own.''

But a bold decision to sue her employer could turn the tide for Ms. Saks and others like her. She is among a small but growing band of plaintiffs who have filed class action complaints with the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, charging that denying medical coverage for infertility treatments is unlawful discrimination."

Here's an excellent example of patient activism, where patients take things in their own hands, to help themselves. I wonder why more patients don't do this ?

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