New York is now one of just 15 states where it is mandated that insurance companies cover infertility costs. On April 19, 2017, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced an expansion under the state’s Insurance Law concerning coverage for fertility treatments. In his announcement, Cuomo stated:
All women who wish to have a child are entitled to insurance coverage for fertility treatment regardless of their sexual orientation or marital status, just as all women have the right to reproductive choice and to decide if and when to start a family, and New York will always stand up to protect and preserve those rights.
Previously, insurers were only required to provide coverage for women who were attempting to conceive naturally under how society has defined infertility in the past. The new guidelines introduced by Cuomo will provide a clearer and more up-to-date understanding on providing infertility treatment to all individuals.
Health insurers are now required to provide coverage to all women for fertility treatment regardless of their marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity.
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