State Legislation

Connecticut

Connecticut Becomes First State to Enact Law on Fertility Preservation Coverage! Read more about the fertility preservation bill.

2017 Fertility Preservation Bill

HB 5968 (full bill); An Act Requiring Health Insurance Coverage For Fertility Preservation For Insureds Diagnosed With Cancer (AMENDED Bill: HB 7124)

Summary

Ensures insurance coverage for fertility preservation when “medically necessary” – including prior to cancer treatment.

Bill History

Amended & Passed the House: 5/25/17 (unanimous)
Passed in the Senate: 6/02/17 (unanimous)
Signed into law by the Governor: 6/20/17
Takes Effect: January, 2018

Background

This legislation was sponsored by Assemblyman Matthew Lesser. Lesser is a cancer survivor; he has introduced this measure every year, starting in 2013. Connecticut already has an infertility mandate that includes coverage for IVF. The amended version of the bill was not considered a mandate; rather, it was viewed as an update to the existing statutory definition of “infertility” so that IVF and infertility services would be covered when deemed “medically necessary.”

Related Resources

Patient Advocate Melissa Thompson’s website

Fertility Treatment Bill Clears House On Unanimous Vote

2013 CT Financial Impact Analysis