||[Mar. 28th, 2007|10:45 am]
Expansion of Infertility Insurance Defeated|
Concord – The House this morning rejected a bill to expand insurance coverage for infertility treatment up to the birth of a child, 237-115.
Rep. Casey Crane, R-Nashua, called the vote "a matter of conscience." she said that 90 percent of surgical treatments allow women to have children. "One in eight couples is begging you to allow them a chance to have a child," an emotional Crane said.
Rep. Tara Reardon, D-Concord, said, "There are no limiting parameters in this bill," such as the number of times a woman can attempt treatment and an age limitation.
Reardon called it "a very expensive mandate to benefit a few and dramatically change the insurance market." She said the costs would be at a level "the market can't afford to bear."