a blog by Alice Crisci, June 6, 2012
As a patient advocate for fertility preservation, I am spending much of my time these days negotiating with insurance companies to cover egg, embryo and sperm freezing for our cancer patients. I am growing weary of the letters I receive stating “Procedure is not a covered benefit. Basis of decision: Infertility.”
I am no stranger to the loopholes the insurance industry jumps out of — after all, I had breast cancer four years ago and had to appeal twice to receive benefits for my reconstructive surgery, and that has a federal mandate behind it!