Egg freezing now covered for cancer patients in California
By: ELANZA Wellness
Senate Bill 600 (https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/
Previously, some insurance plans covered fertility preservation if it was judged medically necessary, but the vast majority of patients have had to pay for the procedure out of pocket. In cases in which insurance claims were denied, cancer patients would not often have enough time to submit another claim before chemotherapy treatment would need to commence.
"Egg freezing comes with an average price tag of $12,500 per cycle. For many patients about to undergo chemotherapy, this causes enormous financial and emotional strain, especially on top of the existing deductibles, copays and loss of earnings associated with cancer treatment," said Brittany Hawkins, co-author of Everything Egg Freezing (https://www.amazon.com/
The new legislation does not mean insurers must cover fertility services for those already diagnosed with infertility for other reasons, such as age. A separate bill (http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/
Campaigners welcome this as a step in the right direction, but argue for legislation to be expanded to include further coverage for all cases of infertility.
"This move is welcomed by patients and many clinics," says Hawkins. "Our hope now is not only that California extends coverage to all those struggling with infertility, whatever the cause, but that all 51 states follow suit."