Improving Access to Fertility Preservation
On October 8, 2019, Senior Staff Attorney Patience Crozier submitted testimony in support of H. 1004 / S. 560, An Act Relative to Preserving Fertility. This legislation represents an important step forward in ensuring access to fertility preservation for Massachusetts residents. Providing access to insurance coverage for fertility preservation is critical to ensuring individuals and couples can realize their dream of building families.
Although current law has helped many people facing fertility-related challenges in creating their families, others continue to experience difficulties because of a lack of access to fertility preservation. For those with certain illnesses or medical conditions, they strive to preserve their own fertility to further their dream of one day creating a family. Currently, fertility preservation is financially out of reach for many, and this legislation will increase access in a meaningful way. Providing such access is of particular importance to transgender people receiving gender-affirming healthcare, since such treatment often results in fertility impairment. In passing this bill Massachusetts would continue its history of pro-family policy-making by updating state law to ensure that those who have certain medical or genetic conditions are supported in their aspirations to build a family.
You can find the entire testimony here: