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Same-Sex Couples Will Have Equal Access to Fertility Coverage Under New California Law

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This Tuesday, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that would allow unmarried and same-sex couples to access insurance coverage for the same fertility treatments that married, different-sex couples are provided, the AP reported:

The legislation, AB460, clarifies the non-discrimination provision of an existing state law that requires health plans to offer coverage for fertility treatments, except for in vitro fertilization.

Despite the existing law, Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, said many same-sex couples have been denied the coverage. In praising Brown's signature on his bill, Ammiano said reproductive medicine should be for the benefit of everyone.

"To restrict fertility coverage solely to heterosexual married couples violates California's non-discrimination laws," he said in a statement. "I wrote this bill to correct that."

The new law will take effect in January, and contains language prohibiting insurance plans that offer fertility coverage from discriminating on any grounds, including "domestic partner status, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status ... sex or sexual orientation."

Fertility issues for same-sex couples can be a hot-button issue, politically: when the French legislature approved a bill legalizing marriage equality in the country, fertility rights were left out of the debate.

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  1. The good thing I can see from this bill is the fair treatment of hetero and same sex couples. However, will the purpose of having a child be different if the child is biological versus an adoption ?

    Posted by: AndyTowlette | Oct 10, 2013 7:46:13 PM


  2. Jerry Brown is having a field day with the California laws. He's quietly ruining the state. He's bending over, with no lube

    Posted by: Ca | Oct 10, 2013 8:08:51 PM


  3. What are "fertility treatments" and why are they mandated under health insurance coverage at all? The ability to have babies is not necessarily related to good health and there is no inalienable right to have children.

    Posted by: bierce | Oct 10, 2013 8:42:40 PM


  4. Not that I voted in CA or have any stake in its laws. But as a republican I want you all to know that I hate all things I don't understand.

    Posted by: CA | Oct 10, 2013 9:36:20 PM


  5. I am a resident of California and I hate people who don't live here passing judgements. I am not a Republican, but not a push over.

    Posted by: PJ | Oct 10, 2013 10:28:48 PM


  6. The legitimate complaint here is that if an heterosexual couple cannot conceive, it's because something is medically wrong with one or both of them which prevents the otherwise natural process. It behaves somewhat like a disease. Two men or two women on the other hand, should only be eligible for fertility treatments if there is a physical malfunction preventing the operative party from impregnating if male or becoming pregnant if female.

    Posted by: Hagatha | Oct 10, 2013 11:34:35 PM


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