Sponsors of the bill said that the cost of in-vitro, ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 per treatment cycle, unfairly eliminates couples who can’t afford it from trying to have their own baby, according to the New York Post (http://bit.ly/1FYNF71).
Insurance ratepayers will have to cover the cost if the bill passes.
New York Health Plan Association spokeswoman Leslie Moran says that IVF is an elective procedure, and that New York state recognized that not everyone should have to pay higher premiums. If the bill passes, she says, it goes above necessary benefits insurers are required to cover under President Barack Obama’s health care law.
The Affordable Health Care Act and New York state laws do not require insurers to pay for in-vitro treatments.
New York state laws do require insurers to provide coverage for some treatment procedures related to infertility treatment for women between the ages of 21 to 44, as well as for some prescription fertility drugs.