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Health Insurance for Fertility Treatment

Posted Jun 24 2010 6:34pm

According to the article “Insurance-Plan Coverage for Infertility Urged” by Cheryl Wetzstein on washingtontimes.com, advocates from The National Infertility Association are pushing for all health insurance companies to cover fertility treatment.

Infertility is a complex and emotionally devastating issue and most states to do enforce insurers to cover this problem.  Many believe that infertility is a disease and there should be more options for individuals to combat the disorder.  Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Florida Democrat and co-sponsor of a “family building” bill that would ensure health insurance companies to cover the cost of fertility treatment is standing by this movement.  If passed this could enforce even smaller companies such as Oxford Health Insurance to cover treatment.

The article points out that infertility affects a shocking one out of every 8 couples but only 15 states require that treatment be covered by health insurance companies.  Maryland and West Virgina health insurance are two of the states that offer coverage according to the Resolve.  The Resolve Executive Director Barbara Collura states that another goal is to get $1 million for a national action plan on infertility, that is currently being developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

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