Press Release: Senator Megan Hunt Introduces Bill to Require Insurance Coverage for In Vitro Fertilization
January 22nd, 2019
Lincoln, NE— 1.22.19 — Today Senator Megan Hunt introduced LB501, a bill that would require insurers in Nebraska to provide coverage for in vitro fertilization procedures. With the current cost of in vitro fertilization for an uninsured patient reaching as high as $15,000 per procedure, it remains out of reach for many middle and lower-income Nebraska couples struggling to become parents. Currently, fifteen states have passed legislation requiring insurers to offer coverage for infertility treatment.
“Offering coverage for in vitro fertilization will help grow Nebraska by supporting our neighbors who want to grow their families,” Hunt said. “I knew from a young age that I wanted to grow up to become a mother. All Nebraskan families should be able to experience the joy and meaning that children can bring to our lives. We will be doing a great disservice to middle and lower-income Nebraskan families if we don’t ensure that they have access to these resources.”
With one in eight couples having trouble getting pregnant or sustaining a pregnancy, the demand for in vitro fertilization is growing.