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New actions introduced to increase entry to fertility protection for same-sex {couples}

ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) – Governor Cuomo directed the Treasury Department to ensure that insurance companies immediately cover fertility benefits for same-sex couples trying to raise a family. While current insurance law requires insurers to cover infertility services, same-sex couples sometimes pay 6 or 12 months of expenses for fertility treatments such as tests and donor insemination therapeutic procedures.

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The Treasury Department, led by Governor Cuomo, will urge insurers to immediately insure fertility services for same-sex couples to avoid delays and additional costs.

“New York is leading the way in upholding the rights of all New Yorkers and making it easier to start a family by expanding access to safe and affordable fertility treatments,” said Melissa DeRosa, secretary to the governor and chairwoman of the council for women and girls, “Family planning is a deeply personal and emotional journey that shouldn’t be complicated by bureaucracy. These new measures mean a huge achievement for women and the LGBTQ community, and we will continue to break down barriers to family planning until every New Yorker has access to the protections and services they need to start a family of their own. “

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The proposal was launched in the governor’s state-state in 2021 as a key component of the women’s agenda. It builds on a range of measures to protect the rights of women and LGBTQ New Yorkers, including the need to cover in vitro fertilization services through insurance plans that offer large group coverage, the passage of the Marriage Equality Act (GENDA), the Legalization of surrogate motherhood during pregnancy, ban on conversion therapy and the defense against gays and transpanics and lifting of the ban on “Walking While Trans”.