Maryland Becomes Third State to Enact Fertility Preservation Law
May 16, 2018
Origin: ASRM Bulletin
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has signed into law a bill to require insurance coverage of fertility preservation treatment for those at risk of iatrogenic infertility, making it the third state to do so behind Connecticut and Rhode Island, which both passed laws in 2017. The new law applies to all policies, contracts, and health benefit plans issued, delivered, or renewed in the State on or after January 1, 2019.
ASRM applauds Senator James Mathias and Delegate Joseline Pena-Melnyk for championing this important legislation (SB271/HB908) and working diligently with the infertility and cancer communities to advance it. ASRM was proud to work with these lawmakers and its partners in this two-year effort including, The Alliance for Fertility Preservation, the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, and Ferring Pharmaceuticals. ASRM members at Shady Grove Fertility were also instrumental in its passage, as were medical oncology professionals and of course, patients, who shared powerful personal stories about the need and medical necessity of fertility preservation coverage.
Dr. Stephanie Beall, who attended the bill signing ceremony and who testified before the legislature on behalf of Shady Grove Fertility in support of the bill, called this occasion “a day of profound importance to cancer patients, the doctors who treat them and the families that these patients hope to welcome in the future.” She added, “I am proud to have been part of movement to educate policymakers on the importance of fertility preservation.”