House Bill 537: Giving hope to families struggling with infertility
Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) - House Bill 537 is giving hope to families who struggle with infertility. But the bill was drastically changed on the house floor Tuesday. “It would have a huge impact on not just me but anybody who’s struggling with infertility,” said Dede McKinley. After six years of trying to start their family, Dede and Kyle McKinley are now turning to IVF. They were hopeful House Bill 537 would provide some relief from the high price tag of the treatment.
The bill now mandates coverage only for fertility preservation for those undergoing medically necessary treatments that may affect their infertility. “Patients who are diagnosed with cancer and are about to go through chemotherapy which will render them sterile, it covers the ability for them to freeze eggs or sperm,” said Dr. A prior draft of the bill included coverage for one round of IVF for people like McKinley, who are struggling to conceive. “In 2021, because there’s no insurance coverage right now in Louisiana, we spent a little over $8,000 alone on infertility treatments,” said McKinley. Not only is the process costly but it also takes a toll on their mental and physical health.
“So not only do they have the stress of not being able to conceive, and so they’re trying for a year or 2 or 5, and they’re not able to conceive, but now they have to save thousands of dollars or go into debt, for just the chance of getting pregnant,” said Dr. Now, the McKinley’s are no longer included in the bill and must bear the burden of the costs. A representative with the Louisiana Right to Pro-Life told 7News that the amendment to remove mandating coverage of IVF has changed their stance on the legislation. “The Catholic Church cares deeply for couples who struggle with infertility,” said a representative.
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