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Hawaii Fertility Law Leaves Out Singles, Same-Sex Couples

In Hawaii there is a bill pending to change the laws to remove the requirements for spousal sperm.

HONOLULU (AP) – Hawaii is one of a handful of states that requires insurance companies to cover fertility treatment through in vitro fertilization.

But same-sex couples and single women are left out because the coverage rules only apply to married, heterosexual couples. That’s because the Hawaii law states that a patient’s eggs must be fertilized by her spouse.

Advocates are calling the practice discriminatory. They’re hoping to change the law.

A bill is pending in the Hawaii Legislature that would remove the spousal sperm requirement.

The infertility association Resolve says Maryland and Arkansas have similar coverage mandates for heterosexual couples. An effort to update Maryland’s law passed the Legislature but hasn’t yet been signed into law by the governor.

Barbara Collura of Resolve says Hawaii’s law desperately needs to be updated.


2 comments for “Hawaii Fertility Law Leaves Out Singles, Same-Sex Couples”

  • Fertility Within Reach

    Fertility Within Reach is an advocacy group with the mission to increase and preserve access to infertility health benefits. Unfortunately, Rhode Island is another state with mandated infertility insurance benefits limiting the patient pool to married women. The solution for Hawaii is rather simple, contact Governor Ige and ask him to send the bill back and ask the legislature to submit legislation to him that does not discriminate and provides quality health care to all in need. You can contact Governor Ige via his website, http://governor.hawaii.gov/contact-us/contact-the-governor/ or Facebook, Twitter or phone. He is there to serve YOU. Your voice not only matters, it is critical to influence change.

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