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Substitute Senate Bill No. 508

Public Act No. 05-196

AN ACT CONCERNING HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR INFERTILITY TREATMENT AND PROCEDURES.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2005) (a) Subject to the limitations set forth in subsection (b) of this section and except as provided in subsection (c) of this section, each individual health insurance policy providing coverage of the type specified in subdivisions (1), (2), (4), (11) and (12) of section 38a-469 of the general statutes delivered, issued for delivery, amended, renewed or continued in this state on or after October 1, 2005, shall provide coverage for the medically necessary expenses of the diagnosis and treatment of infertility, including, but not limited to, ovulation induction, intrauterine insemination, in-vitro fertilization, uterine embryo lavage, embryo transfer, gamete intra-fallopian transfer, zygote intra-fallopian transfer and low tubal ovum transfer. For purposes of this section, "infertility" means the condition of a presumably healthy individual who is unable to conceive or produce conception or sustain a successful pregnancy during a one-year period.

(b) Such policy may:

(1) Limit such coverage to an individual until the date of such individual's fortieth birthday;

(2) Limit such coverage for ovulation induction to a lifetime maximum benefit of four cycles;

(3) Limit such coverage for intrauterine insemination to a lifetime maximum benefit of three cycles;

(4) Limit lifetime benefits to a maximum of two cycles, with not more than two embryo implantations per cycle, for in-vitro fertilization, gamete intra-fallopian transfer, zygote intra-fallopian transfer or low tubal ovum transfer, provided each such fertilization or transfer shall be credited toward such maximum as one cycle;

(5) Limit coverage for in-vitro fertilization, gamete intra-fallopian transfer, zygote intra-fallopian transfer and low tubal ovum transfer to those individuals who have been unable to conceive or produce conception or sustain a successful pregnancy through less expensive and medically viable infertility treatment or procedures covered under such policy. Nothing in this subdivision shall be construed to deny the coverage required by this section to any individual who foregoes a particular infertility treatment or procedure if the individual's physician determines that such treatment or procedure is likely to be unsuccessful;

(6) Require that covered infertility treatment or procedures be performed at facilities that conform to the standards and guidelines developed by the American Society of Reproductive Medicine or the Society of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility;

(7) Limit coverage to individuals who have maintained coverage under such policy for at least twelve months; and

(8) Require disclosure by the individual seeking such coverage to such individual's existing health insurance carrier of any previous infertility treatment or procedures for which such individual received coverage under a different health insurance policy. Such disclosure shall be made on a form and in the manner prescribed by the Insurance Commissioner.

(c) (1) Any insurance company, hospital or medical service corporation, or health care center may issue to a religious employer an individual health insurance policy that excludes coverage for methods of diagnosis and treatment of infertility that are contrary to the religious employer's bona fide religious tenets.

(2) Upon the written request of an individual who states in writing that methods of diagnosis and treatment of infertility are contrary to such individual's religious or moral beliefs, any insurance company, hospital or medical service corporation, or health care center may issue to or on behalf of the individual a policy or rider thereto that excludes coverage for such methods.

(d) Any health insurance policy issued pursuant to subsection (c) of this section shall provide written notice to each insured or prospective insured that methods of diagnosis and treatment of infertility are excluded from coverage pursuant to said subsection. Such notice shall appear, in not less than ten-point type, in the policy, application and sales brochure for such policy.

(e) As used in this section, "religious employer" means an employer that is a "qualified church-controlled organization", as defined in 26 USC 3121 or a church-affiliated organization.

Sec. 2. Section 38a-536 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2005):

[Any insurance company, hospital service corporation or medical service corporation authorized to do the business of health insurance in this state shall offer to any individual, partnership, corporation or unincorporated association providing group hospital or medical insurance coverage for its employees a group hospital or medical service plan or contract providing coverage for the medically necessary expenses of the diagnosis and treatment of infertility, including in-vitro fertilization procedures. ]

(a) Subject to the limitations set forth in subsection (b) of this section and except as provided in subsection (c) of this section, each group health insurance policy providing coverage of the type specified in subdivisions (1), (2), (4), (11) and (12) of section 38a-469 delivered, issued for delivery, amended, renewed or continued in this state on or after October 1, 2005, shall provide coverage for the medically necessary expenses of the diagnosis and treatment of infertility, including, but not limited to, ovulation induction, intrauterine insemination, in-vitro fertilization, uterine embryo lavage, embryo transfer, gamete intra-fallopian transfer, zygote intra-fallopian transfer and low tubal ovum transfer. For purposes of this section, "infertility" means the condition of a presumably healthy individual who is unable to conceive or produce conception [, or retain a] or sustain a successful pregnancy during a one-year period.

(b) Such policy may:

(1) Limit such coverage to an individual until the date of such individual's fortieth birthday;

(2) Limit such coverage for ovulation induction to a lifetime maximum benefit of four cycles;

(3) Limit such coverage for intrauterine insemination to a lifetime maximum benefit of three cycles;

(4) Limit lifetime benefits to a maximum of two cycles, with not more than two embryo implantations per cycle, for in-vitro fertilization, gamete intra-fallopian transfer, zygote intra-fallopian transfer or low tubal ovum transfer, provided each such fertilization or transfer shall be credited toward such maximum as one cycle;

(5) Limit coverage for in-vitro fertilization, gamete intra-fallopian transfer, zygote intra-fallopian transfer and low tubal ovum transfer to those individuals who have been unable to conceive or produce conception or sustain a successful pregnancy through less expensive and medically viable infertility treatment or procedures covered under such policy. Nothing in this subdivision shall be construed to deny the coverage required by this section to any individual who foregoes a particular infertility treatment or procedure if the individual's physician determines that such treatment or procedure is likely to be unsuccessful;

(6) Require that covered infertility treatment or procedures be performed at facilities that conform to the standards and guidelines developed by the American Society of Reproductive Medicine or the Society of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility;

(7) Limit coverage to individuals who have maintained coverage under such policy for at least twelve months; and

(8) Require disclosure by the individual seeking such coverage to such individual's existing health insurance carrier of any previous infertility treatment or procedures for which such individual received coverage under a different health insurance policy. Such disclosure shall be made on a form and in the manner prescribed by the Insurance Commissioner.

(c) (1) Any insurance company, hospital or medical service corporation, or health care center may issue to a religious employer a group health insurance policy that excludes coverage for methods of diagnosis and treatment of infertility that are contrary to the religious employer's bona fide religious tenets.

(2) Upon the written request of an individual who states in writing that methods of diagnosis and treatment of infertility are contrary to such individual's religious or moral beliefs, any insurance company, hospital or medical service corporation, or health care center may issue to or on behalf of the individual a policy or rider thereto that excludes coverage for such methods.

(d) Any health insurance policy issued pursuant to subsection (c) of this section shall provide written notice to each insured or prospective insured that methods of diagnosis and treatment of infertility are excluded from coverage pursuant to said subsection. Such notice shall appear, in not less than ten-point type, in the policy, application and sales brochure for such policy.

(e) As used in this section, "religious employer" means an employer that is a "qualified church-controlled organization", as defined in 26 USC 3121 or a church-affiliated organization.

Sec. 3. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2005) (a) Any clinical practice in this state that performs in-vitro fertilization, gamete intra-fallopian transfer or zygote intra-fallopian transfer procedures that are covered by insurance shall report the following information to the Department of Public Health, not later than February first following any year such procedures were performed:

(1) The number of such procedures performed;

(2) The number of multiple births or conceptions with a breakdown of the number of births or conceptions per pregnancy;

(3) The number of procedures attempted before a successful implantation (A) per patient on average, and (B) grouped by the number of attempts required;

(4) The number of embryos implanted (A) per patient on average, and (B) grouped by the number of attempts required;

(5) The pregnancy rate (A) per patient on average, and (B) grouped by the number of attempts required; and

(6) The rates of complications.

(b) Such information shall be submitted on such forms as the department prescribes.

Approved July 1, 2005