Women Diagnosed With Cancer In Childbearing Age Now Have Options — But Who Pays For Them?
While many states are considering legislation to require insurance companies to cover fertility preservation for cancer patients, California has so far left these decisions up to health insurance companies and state regulators.
Should Insurance Companies Have To Cover Fertility Treatments For Cancer Patients?
It used to be that cancer patients gave up on having children of their own, but with technological advances in reproductive medicine, there are options now. Many younger patients go through treatments to preserve their fertility; they extract eggs, bank sperm and freeze embryos. But when cancer patients want a chance at parenthood, who pays for the expensive treatments? (Dillon, 6/13)
In other women's health news —
Here's What A New California Law Says About Teaching Abortion In Class
The law, enacted in 2016, requires school districts to ensure that all students in grades seven through twelve receive "comprehensive sexual health education," including information about abortion. Information presented in class must be "medically accurate and objective," according to the law. Parents must be notified of the curriculum in advance, and have the option of excusing their children from all or part of the classes. (Hubert, 6/14)