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Senator Hennessey Applauds House Passage of SB 279, to Increase Access to Infertility Treatment and

June 5, 2019

Contact Name: Sara Persechino

Phone: (603) 271-3479

Email: Sara.Persechino@leg.state.nh.us

CONCORD—Today, the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted 210-147 to pass SB 279, relative to access to fertility care. SB 279 requires insurance carriers in the small and large group insurance markets to cover diagnosis of infertility, access to fertility treatments—including IVF, and preservation of fertility for those who are facing the loss of future fertility due to medical treatments like chemotherapy for treating cancer.

Following the vote, prime sponsor Senator Martha Hennessey (D-Hanover) released the following statement:

“As a state with an aging population that wants to attract and retain young people in our state, it is critical New Hampshire work to help the 1 in 6 couples affected by infertility in our state. By requiring insurance coverage for infertility diagnosis and fertility treatments, SB 279 will help these Granite Staters who want to work and build their families in our state but who are currently making decisions based on financial concerns instead of what is in their best medical interest.”

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