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Fertility care to be covered under Calif. bill

Posted: April 30, 2013 4:30 p.m.
Updated: April 30, 2013 4:30 p.m.
 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A bill working through the state Legislature would make California the first state to require insurers to cover fertility treatments for patients diagnosed with cancer and other serious diseases.

The legislation from Democratic Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva of Fullerton would require insurance providers to cover fertility services for patients who may become infertile due to other medical treatments. Treatments covered under AB912 include extracting eggs and freezing sperm.

California insurers must offer the option of general fertility treatment coverage, while other states require such coverage. Supporters of the bill say patients who do have coverage may be deemed ineligible because they are not infertile before receiving radiation or other treatments related to their underlying disease.

A call seeking a response from the California Association of Health Plans was not immediately returned.

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