Illinois Becomes Fifth State to Enact Fertility Preservation Law
Aug 28, 2018
Origin: ASRM Bulletin
Illinois became the fifth state with a fertility preservation statute when Governor Bruce Rauner signed a bill (HB 2617) into law yesterday at Northwestern’s Prentice Women’s Hospital. The new law requires individual and group health policies to provide coverage for medically necessary expenses for standard fertility preservation services when a necessary medical treatment may directly or indirectly cause iatrogenic infertility to an enrollee.
ASRM applauds Rep. Robyn Gabel for championing this important legislation and for working so closely with the infertility and cancer communities to advance it. The Oncofertility Consortium at Northwestern University played a major role in advocating for this bill, as did, ACOG, the Alliance for Fertility Preservation, RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, and Ferring Pharmaceuticals. ASRM members were also instrumental in its passage.
Dr. Ricardo Loret de Mola, Chair, Illinois Section of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, said, “Many of us representing ASRM, ACOG and our respective fertility and cancer practices worked very hard to get this bill enacted. We spoke to legislators, presented testimony in the House and Senate and finally got it to the Governor for his signature. It’s been a two-year process, but this landmark legislation is finally the law.”