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New Hampshire Expands Fertility Coverage to Employer-Sponsored Health Plans

On August 1st, Republican Governor Chris Sununu of New Hampshire signed SB 279 into law. This bill, passed by the legislature in late June, will expand insurance coverage for fertility care by requiring employer-sponsored plans to cover the care as well as the storage of sperm, eggs and embryos for the length of the policy. Group plans will also be required to cover fertility preservation for patients who must undergoe medically necessary treatment that may cause iatrogenic infertility. The new law will take effect on January 1, 2020.

House Passes National Defense Authorization Act with Language Addressing Infertility in Servicewomen; Rep. Scott Introduces Fibroid Awareness Resolution

On July 12th, the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2020 by a vote of 220-197. The House version of the NDAA includes language calling for a Study on Infertility Among Members of the Armed Forces no later than 180 days after enactment. The findings will then be reported back to the members of the House Committee on Armed Services. The study will assess the number of members of the Armed Forces serving as of the date of the study who are diagnosed with common causes of infertility, such as: 

ASRM One of Ten National Health Organizations Urging Supreme Court to Find Louisiana Law Unconstitutional

Today, ASRM joined with nine other healthcare organization, led by ACOG, to file an amicus brief with the US Supreme Court in the case June Medical Services LLC v. Rebekah Gee.

In September 2018, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals overruled a challenge to a Louisiana law requiring that physicians providing abortion care have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their clinics. The Louisiana law they upheld is virtually identical to the Texas law found unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in Whole Women’s Health vs. Texas in 2016.

Access to Infertility Treatment and Care Act Introduced

Washington, DC-- The Access to Infertility Treatment and Care Act (HR 2803 and S 1461) just introduced in Congress will require all health plans offered on the group and individual markets to provide coverage for the treatment of infertility. The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, TRICARE, the VA and Medicaid are also included under the Act. In addition, the Act will require coverage for fertility preservation services for individuals who undergo a medically necessary procedure that may cause infertility, such as chemotherapy.

Advocacy Day 2019: ASRM Went to Capitol Hill to Garner Support for New Legislation to Ensure All Americans Have Coverage for Fertility Care

This year’s turnout was the largest to date, with 233 patients and professionals- members of ASRM and RESOLVE from 29 states and the District of Columbia-  in Washington, DC yesterday to meet with their Senators and Representatives to let them know how they can help Americans build their families via support for legislation important to the infertility community.  Before heading out to the Hill, advocates heard first hand from Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a long-time champion of legislation to help the infertility community, about her personal infertility and cancer journeys, and her call to action.

Oral Contraceptives May Limit Bone Loss in Young Anorexic Patients

French researchers have identified a promising protective effect of oral contraceptives on the bone health of young women with anorexia nervosa.  Along with the gynecological disorders resulting from anorexia, patients experience bone loss with intense demineralization early in the course of the disease. This study shows for the first time that anorexia patients using oral contraceptives (OCs) have a higher areal bone mineral density than those who do not use OCs  and suggests that, while regularly taking an oral contraceptive will not confer complete protection, it may help to limit bone loss in young women suffering from anorexia nervosa.

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