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Legislation Would Mandate Infertility Coverage in Missouri
JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KBIA) - Proposed legislation in Missouri would require insurance companies to provide coverage for infertility treatments. The bill does not specify how much coverage would be required for infertility treatments. The sponsor, Democratic House Member Steve Hodges from southeastern Missouri, says the treatments are very expensive, ranging from 12 to 20-thousand dollars.
"We spend all kinds of money to try and keep people alive and treat them for their afflictions and everything, and I think getting a welcomed newborn into the world using our monies to assist in that manner is just a it's a very positive thing to do."
Opponents say, though, that mandating such coverage would drive up costs and cause some families to lose all health insurance coverage. The 2010 session begins January 6th.