New York Becomes Tenth State to Require Coverage of IVF and Sixth State to Require Coverage for Fertility Preservation for Certain Patients
Apr 01, 2019
Origin: ASRM Bulletin Vol.22 No.1
ASRM Bulletin Volume 22 Number 1
April 1, 2019
New York lawmakers passed a budget measure late yesterday which updates the state’s existing infertility statute to include a requirement for health plans operating in the large group market (employers with 100 or more full-time staff) to provide coverage for three cycles of in-vitro fertilization. The budget measure also includes a provision requiring that patients at risk for iatrogenic infertility be covered for fertility preservation services.
Passage of the budget measure with these provisions caps a multi-year effort on the part of ASRM and coalition partners including RESOLVE, the Alliance for Fertility Preservation, EMD Serono and Ferring Pharmaceuticals to pass the Fair Access to Fertility Treatment Act. Inclusion of major pieces of FAFTA in the budget measure is a major victory for patients in New York and brings the state in line with current medical standards of care.
Provisions to lift the existing ban on surrogacy in the state were not included in the budget measure despite the hard work of other coalition partners. ASRM will continue to seek passage of The Child Parent Security Act via the regular legislative process.
ASRM issued the following press release.
Washington, DC - The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) applauds the news that New York has passed a long overdue update to the state’s infertility statute as part of its budget bill today.
“We are ecstatic that the leaders in New York have voted to require insurance companies who participate in the large group market in the state to provide infertility coverage, including IVF and fertility preservation. This measure will allow many New Yorkers to get the health care treatment they need in order to build their families. New York’s reproductive medical professionals wish to express our gratitude to Governor Cuomo and his staff for their leadership and to the champions in the legislature, Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas and Sen. Diane Savino, who have made access to this care a priority for New York families,” stated Peter Schlegel MD, President of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.
Dr. Schlegel went on to add, “We are not done in New York yet, however. Having passed this vital measure to improve access to IVF treatments, we call on the leaders of the legislature to follow the Governor’s lead and reform New York’s antiquated laws pertaining to surrogacy, another vital therapeutic option for patients.”