The Senate passed Bryan Townsend’s SB139 unanimously. I was honestly surprised by this, as this would typically be something an anti-Obamacare Republican would oppose (i.e. forcing insurance companies to cover something, no matter how good it is), but I guess opposing people wanting to have babies just to save insurance companies a buck was a bridge too far for an optic-conscious politician.
SB139 would require insurance companies to cover fertility care services, as 15 other states, including New Jersey and Maryland, have already done. The fertility care services would include in vitro fertilization (“IVF”) procedures for persons, who along with their partner, suffer from a disease or condition that results in the inability to procreate or to carry a pregnancy to viability. This Act also requires that health insurance offered in this State provide coverage for fertility preservation for individuals diagnosed with cancer and other diseases, when medically necessary treatment could adversely affect their fertility.
SB139 – INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR OBSTETRICAL AND GYNECOLOGICAL SERVICES.
SPONSORS: Townsend, Longhurst, Ennis, Hansen, Henry, Poore, Baumbach, Bentz, Lynn, Mitchell, Paradee
YES VOTES: Bonini, Bushweller, Cloutier, Delcollo, Ennis, Hansen, Henry, Hocker, Lavelle, Lawson, Lopez, Marshall, McBride, McDowell, Pettyjohn, Poore, Richardson, Simpson, Sokola, Townsend, Walsh
NO VOTES: None
NOT VOTING: None
HISTORY: Passed Senate 21-0
STATUS: Waiting on consideration in House