Fertility Practices, Coverage Lacking for Transgender People
May 20, 2019
(Bloomberg) – Insurers can expect an influx of claims for egg and sperm freezing from transgender patients who risk losing their fertility when they transition, and denying coverage may be at their peril. Transgender people see themselves as aligned with cancer patients who also face infertility when undergoing treatment. Egg freezing was once considered experimental, but that changed in 2012 when it was reclassified as an elective procedure, opening the door for more use. That prompted both cancer patients and transgender people to think about how to prove to insurance companies that fertility preservation is part of medically necessary treatments that need coverage.