Fertility care would be covered for seriously ill
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Insurance companies would be required to pay for fertility treatments for patients battling cancer and other serious diseases under a bill that has passed the state Assembly.
Cancer patients can require treatments that jeopardize their ability to have children. Expensive steps to preserve fertility may not be covered by insurance when the condition results from treating other diseases.
The bill by Democratic Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva of Fullerton requires insurers to cover the cost of extracting eggs and freezing sperm prior to treatments that can harm fertility. California would be the first state with such a requirement.
Quirk-Silva says providing coverage will help patients who consider foregoing treatment in order to protect their ability to have children.
AB912 passed 48-23 Wednesday and goes to the Senate.