California leaders met recently to advance a bill requiring insurance companies to cover fertility-preservation procedures for patients with cancer or other serious diseases. Insurers would have to cover egg-extraction and sperm-freezing methods, which can cost up to $15,000, before a patient’s disease can inhibit fertility. The bill will now go to the state Senate for consideration. If signed into law, AB912 would be the first of its kind.
Insurance companies, if legislation passes, insure for such therapies for patients with cancer.