RESOLVE Calls on Hawaii Legislature to Increase Access to Infertility Treatments

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(October 24, 2014, Honolulu, HI) – RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association urged patients and the medical community to call upon the Hawaii state legislature to pass two bills that would increase access to infertility medical treatments: HB 2355/SB 2909 would update the Hawaii infertility mandate, and HB 2061/SB 2694 would be a new insurance mandate for fertility preservation for cancer patients before starting their cancer treatments. This important call to action took place during the Annual Meeting for the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) in Honolulu, Hawaii.

“One in eight couples in the U.S. have trouble getting pregnant or sustaining a pregnancy. Eight states have insurance mandates that cover IVF, including Hawaii. Yet Hawaii residents still have trouble accessing the medical care they need due to restrictions in the mandate,” said Barbara Collura, President/CEO of RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association. “Two bills have been introduced that are important to Hawaii residents diagnosed with infertility and those that want to preserve their fertility after being diagnosed with cancer. RESOLVE continues to mobilize doctors, patients, and the entire infertility community to ask their elected to support this legislation.”

SB 2909/HB 2355 would improve the current IVF mandate in Hawaii. Among the changes, it increases the coverage from one IVF cycle to three IVF cycles, and the waiting period before accessing IVF from five years to one. Cancer patients are increasingly accessing fertility preservation medical procedures before starting cancer treatments, yet insurance does not cover it. SB 2694/HB 2061 would mandate insurance coverage for fertility preservation for cancer patients in Hawaii. If passed, this would be the first mandate of its kind in the U.S. Both bills must be re-introduced in the new legislative session in 2015.  Continue reading