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Missouri Representative Wants Insurers To Cover Infertility Treatment

Posted Jan 07 2009 7:02pm

Missouri health insurance According to Emily Coleman of The Missourian, a state legislator is planning to introduce a bill that would require Missouri health insurance companies to cover diagnosis and treatment of infertility. Steve Hodges (D) is trying again, after failing to get a hearing for a similar bill last year. 

It is unclear whether the bill would make the insurers’ infertility coverage also apply to men. Emily says that the inspiration for this bill is a recent study finding that males from Columbia, Mo. had lower sperm counts than those from major American cities, possibly due to pesticides used in the farming town. (However, all of the men in the study were still fertile.) Men could go to a fertility clinic for an inexpensive, fast analysis and have the non-invasive procedure covered by insurance if the bill is passed with such a provision. 

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