Just in time for National Infertility Awareness Week, ASRM president Dr. Marcelle Cedars spoke in front of California’s Assembly House Committee supporting AB2029. The bill requires health and disability insurance policies to cover any health plan or disability insurance covering hospital, medical or surgical expenses and offering fertility treatment services, including IVF.
As of Tuesday, April 27, 2022, the Assembly Health Committee approved the bill. The NCFMC team is absolutely over the moon. This is a major milestone as few policies cover infertility treatments, forcing most individuals and couples to pay high out-of-pocket costs to become parents. Current laws allow insurance carriers to be exempt, leaving tens of thousands of individuals and couples with infertility diagnoses underinsured.
AB2029 Means Infertility Treatment Equality for All
Ultimately, Assembly Bill 2029 is a celebratory leap into fertility equality for all individuals and couples. In addition to covering IVF in their treatment plans, the bill also expands coverage to anyone seeking fertility assistance as individuals who want to use IVF to become parents (men, too!) and the LGBTQ+ community. The bill also makes fertility preservation and treatment more affordable for individuals with cancer or other medically-related infertility.
The author of the Bill, Senator Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland), was quoted by ASRM saying, “These therapies and treatments should not be reserved for the privileged few who can afford to pay for them outright. Any Californian who wishes to build a family deserves health insurance that covers the diagnosis and treatment of infertility, just like it would cover care for any other disease.”
While Wicks introduced the bill, it is strongly supported by some powerful sponsors and vocal organizations, including the California Department of Insurance Commissioner’s Office, American Society for Reproductive Medicine, RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, Equity California, and the Alliance for Fertility Preservation.
There are some exceptions to the current bill. For now, Medi-Cal and employers that are religious organizations are exempt. However, we’ll celebrate this win as another big step in the right direction. Like Senator Wicks and all of the organizations and sponsors supporting this noble bill, we believe reproduction is a basic human need, and access to care should be a basic human right.
Let NCFMC Help You Take Advantage of AB2029
Northern California Fertility Medical Center (NCFMC) is ready and waiting to help California and Sacramento-area patients take advantage of AB2029 the minute it is signed into law. If you’re struggling to get pregnant or have a known infertility diagnosis, now is the time to find the fertility treatment team best suited to make your family-building dreams come true. Contact NCFMC to schedule a consultation.