BY ARIEL HERNANDEZ
Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria), state Sen. Diane Savino (D-Staten Island) and women’s health advocates called on the state legislature to pass the Fair Access to Fertility Treatment Act, which would require health insurance policies to provide coverage for in-vitro fertilization and fertility treatments.
“When people struggle with infertility, they are dealing with a heart-breaking medical condition,” said Simotas. “So, it is unconscionable that in-vitro fertilization, which is the gold standard of treatment, is so expensive that it’s out-of-reach for couples wanting to have children. It’s time to give people the benefit of the best treatments available when they want to have a family, without discriminating on the basis of marital status, sexual orientation or other personal characteristics.”
According to the CNY Fertility Center, approximately one in eight people have trouble conceiving a baby or sustaining a full-term pregnancy, however, approximately half of them lack insurance coverage for the necessary treatment.
In addition, the bill would repeal discriminatory restrictions for coverage bases on age, disability, medical dependency or personal characteristics—such as marital status or sexual orientation—and would mandate coverage for fertility preservation services for cancer patients and others undergoing medical treatments—such as surgery, radiation and chemotherapy—that can damage reproductive health.
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