Bill Would Allow Insurance for Infertility Treatments

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A new possibility

It is such an exciting prospect, and for couples who suffer from infertility, it’s something that they have only dreamed of before. A proposed law could possibly help Utah couples by providing coverage for married couples who are undergoing fertility treatments. The bill, referred to as HB347, passed a House Committee hearing last week. Under the bill, couples could have the choice to opt in for infertility coverage from their insurance carriers at a price to be determined by the insurancers. The bill would also allow couples to reallocate coverage that had already been mandated for adoption and give them the option to use it for infertility treatments if they so choose. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

On the right track

“We want to encourage the birth process and the miracles of technology and make them available on this limited, modest basis,”

said the bill’s sponsor, Rep. LaVar Christensen, R-Draper. The bill would not make it required for an insurance company to provide infertility coverage, but it would make them allowed to provide it if they so choose. Right now, couples are required to get $4000 in adoption coverage and this money would be able to be transferred for couples to use for fertility treatments. This would also be a great step and would make treatments more affordable for many couples. Utah would be setting a great example for the rest of the USA if they do make this possible and hopefully many more states would follow suit afterwards. Some states currently offer infertility insurance, but not all of them do.

Still some hurdles

The bill would be a great step in the right direction for couples who suffer from infertility, since there is currently nothing like this in the books right now. At least one in seven couples is infertile, and the cost of fertility treatments makes them unreachable for many couples. However, this law could really change that. The only problem with the bill was that some lawmakers found it unfair that the bill only covered married women ages 21 to 33. Some lawmakers wanted to give the option of coverage to single women who wanted to conceive and also to couples who get married before age 21. It remains to be seen whether or not this bill will pass, but if it does, it will definitely make news, because it is a big deal! Hopefully the lawmakers of Utah will see that this is an important topic that does need their consideration and help,and we will see some changes being made soon!

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Dr. Renee Hanton, MD
Dr. Renee Hanton, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Renee Hanton is ConceiveEasy's Senior Physician with expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility. Dr. Hanton specializes in the endocrine causes of infertility, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)