New NJ law strengthens coverage for infertility treatment

In a major victory for everyone seeking fertility care, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation on Jan. 13, 2020, that will strengthen insurance coverage for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and other medically necessary treatments that impede their ability to have a family.

The law, part of a legislative package fighting New Jersey’s maternal and infant health crisis, was intended to strengthen the 2017 update to New Jersey’s IVF mandate. It applies to health insurance policies and contracts that are delivered, renewed, extended, or modified in the state by any hospital service corporation, medical service corporation, health service corporation, health maintenance organization or group health insurance policy with more than 50 people, as well as state and school employee’s health benefits commission.

This makes New Jersey the ninth state to pass a fertility preservation statute. The signing was hailed by leading fertility organizations, including RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

We at RSCNJ join them in saluting the state legislature and the Governor in their efforts to make fertility care easier and more affordable for patients in the state. Go to our website for more information about this historic law.

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