Archive for June 24th, 2010

Infertility Insurance From Mercy Health Plans

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

statueLawmakers in the House and Senate are hoping to make it mandatory for insurance companies to cover infertility treatments.  In The Washington Times article “Insurance-plan coverage for infertility urged,” Cheryl Wetzstein says that Resolve: The National Infertility Association is pushing for the insurance coverage.  Florida Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz is cosponsor of a bill requiring insurance companies to cover clients’ infertility treatments.  Fifteen states already require insurance companies like Mercy Health Plans to cover the treatment needed by 1 in 8 couples trying to conceive.  Maryland and West Virginia are two of the states that already have infertility coverage.

In the Senate, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York has a companion bill on the table.  Resolve is also hoping that the government will allocate $1 million for a “national action plan” on infertility, which the CDC is developing.  They want to learn more about what is causing infertility so that it can be detected and treated earlier.  With 7.3 million women struggling either to conceive or carry a pregnancy, it is important to compare health insurance offerings from state to state and see what can be done nationally with insurance.  Sexually transmitted diseases and simply waiting too long to have kids are some of the main culprits causing infertility.  The more that the topic is discussed by women dealing with it, the more lawmakers and insurance companies will be forced to deal with this pressing issue.