In Hawaii, LGBT couples request for equal access when it comes to fertility treatments. People who wish for a fertility procedure or in vitro fertilization need to know that the costs are pretty high. For instance, an in vitro fertilization procedure can cost up to $13,000. Moreover, constant monitoring and medication add up hundreds of dollars every month.
In Hawaii, LGBT couples want equal rights when it comes to IVF treatments
Luckily, a few states in the US have insurance companies to pay for fertility treatments. Unfortunately, LGBT couples who live in those states do not have their insurance covering a fertility treatment. Moreover, there are no organizations who support LGBT couples to get equal rights in this respect. They just want to be granted equal access to IVF just like the rest of the couples living there.
According to data provided by ABC News, only eight stated in the US have insurance companies cover the costs of in vitro fertilization and not all the state mandates are created in the same way. In states like Hawaii, health insurance will cover IVF only if the woman uses her husband’s sperm. On the other hand, some health insurance companies argue that LGBTQ couples do not meet the infertility definition.
The rest of the couples benefit from free IVF treatments from health insurance companies
Most health insurance companies’ definition of infertility is having heterosexual, unprotected intercourse for more than a year without resulting in pregnancy. Nevertheless, this means that single women and LGBT couples in some states still need to pay thousands of dollars for a fertility treatment which for heterosexual couples is free. Apparently, LGBTQ couples living in New York, Arkansas and Texas have the same issues.
What is more, even in Maryland, where there were no rules against using somebody else’s sperm aside from the husband for IVF coverage, they still do not cover those costs for surrogates. However, an organization from Hawaii is trying to solve this problem. Sean Smith together with her husband, a couple that spent $20,000 on IVF treatments are currently working with LGBT groups to assure all couples that they will have equal access to fertility treatments.
These couples are sustained by the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii, the Democratic Part of Hawaii and the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission. The new legislation implemented by them has already passed the authority of the state Senate, and it will be soon voted in Hawaii’s House.
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