DENVER, CO – Legislation to save Coloradans money on fertility treatments today passed the House on Third Reading and final passage. HB22-1008, sponsored by Representatives Kerry Tipper and Matt Soper, would ensure insurance plans cover fertility diagnosis and treatment passed by a vote of 45 to 20.
“We are one step closer to saving Coloradans money on starting or growing their family by expanding health care coverage to include fertility treatments and diagnosis,” said Rep. Kerry Tipper D-Lakewood. “For many families around Colorado, the high cost of fertility and reproductive health care is often a financial barrier for starting a family. This bill aims to break down those barriers by making fertility diagnosis and treatment more affordable.”
HB22-1008 would update legislation passed in 2020 to ensure that insurance plans cover fertility diagnosis and treatment. Specifically, the revised bill language would implement coverage requirements for fertility treatment to take place under some Colorado health care plans, with coverage extending to all Colorado health plans pending a decision from the federal Department of Health and Human Services.
Fertility treatment, including in vitro fertilization (IVF), is often a prohibitively expensive health care treatment for people wanting to start or expand their families. If passed, HB22-1008 would save Coloradans money by covering fertility treatments in large employer plans beginning January 1, 2023. It also applies to individual and small group policies within a 12-month decision from the Federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).