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NY to fast-track fertility coverage for same-sex couples

The state said it’s received complaints of some same-sex couples facing such barriers, unlike opposite-sex couples.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Same-sex couples in New York can get coverage for fertility services without first paying out of pocket for months of fertility treatments under a new state directive. 

Current insurance law already requires insurers to cover infertility services. But Gov. Andrew Cuomo directed the state Department of Financial Services to ensure that insurers begin covering fertility services immediately without couples having to first go through six to 12 months of out-of-pocket expenses for fertility treatments including testing and donor insemination. 

The state said it’s received complaints of some same-sex couples facing such barriers, unlike opposite-sex couples.