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Insurance Coverage For IVF Discussed In Illinois Senate

A new law may soon be on the books to help ensure insurance coverage for certain infertility treatments, thanks to State Senator Michael E. Hastings.



Hastings filed Senate Bill 2639 in response to a constituent in his district whose physician had recommended that they seek in vitro fertilization treatment. However, when the constituent tried to access IVF care, they were told by their insurance provider that they had to complete other procedures before it would be covered by their insurance company, even with the recommendation of their licensed physician.


This measure will ensure that insurance companies will provide coverage for infertility treatments that are recommended by a physician without requiring them to complete treatments that were deemed ineffective by their doctor.


Senate Bill 2639 would also allow a licensed physician to immediately approve any of these procedures based on the covered patient's medical, sexual, and reproductive history, age, physical findings, or diagnostic testing.


According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, approximately 10% of couples receive medical help to become pregnant.


Senate Bill 2639 passed the Senate’s Insurance Committee on Tuesday and moves to the full Senate for consideration. 

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