SENATE, No. 1398

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

217th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED FEBRUARY 11, 2016

 


 

Sponsored by:

Senator  LORETTA WEINBERG

District 37 (Bergen)

Senator  NIA H. GILL

District 34 (Essex and Passaic)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Senators Stack, Lesniak and Scutari

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Expands infertility coverage under certain health insurance plans.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As introduced.

  


An Act concerning infertility coverage under certain health insurance plans and amending P.L.2001, c.236.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.    Section 1 of P.L.2001, c.236 (C.17:48-6x) is amended to read as follows:

     1.    a. A hospital service corporation contract which provides hospital or medical expense benefits for groups with more than 50 persons, which includes pregnancy-related benefits, shall not be delivered, issued, executed or renewed in this State, or approved for issuance or renewal in this State by the Commissioner of Banking and Insurance on or after the effective date of this act unless the contract provides coverage for persons covered under the contract for medically necessary expenses incurred in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility as provided pursuant to this section.  The hospital service corporation contract shall provide coverage which includes, but is not limited to, the following services related to infertility: diagnosis and diagnostic tests; medications; surgery; in vitro fertilization; embryo transfer; artificial insemination; gamete intra fallopian transfer; zygote intra fallopian transfer; intracytoplasmic sperm injection; and four completed egg retrievals per lifetime of the covered person.  The hospital service corporation may provide that coverage for in vitro fertilization, gamete intra fallopian transfer and zygote intra fallopian transfer shall be limited to a covered person who:  a. has used all reasonable, less expensive and medically appropriate treatments and is still unable to become pregnant or carry a pregnancy; b. has not reached the limit of four completed egg retrievals; and c. is 45 years of age or younger.

     For purposes of this section, "infertility" means:

     (1)   the disease or condition that results in the abnormal function of the reproductive system such that a person is not able to [:] impregnate another person [;] or conceive [after two years of unprotected intercourse if the female partner is under 35 years of age, or one year of unprotected intercourse if the female partner is 35 years of age or older or one of the partners is considered medically sterile; or carry a pregnancy to live birth] ; or

     (2)   a determination of infertility by a physician licensed to practice medicine and surgery in this State pursuant to the provisions of R.S.45:9-1 et seq.

     The benefits shall be provided to the same extent as for other pregnancy-related procedures under the contract, except that the services provided for in this section shall be performed at facilities that conform to standards established by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine or the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.  The same copayments, deductibles and benefit limits shall apply to the diagnosis and treatment of infertility pursuant to this section as those applied to other medical or surgical benefits under the contract.

     b.    A religious employer may request, and a hospital service corporation shall grant, an exclusion under the contract for the coverage required by this section for in vitro fertilization, embryo transfer, artificial insemination, zygote intra fallopian transfer and intracytoplasmic sperm injection, if the required coverage is contrary to the religious employer's bona fide religious tenets.  The hospital service corporation that issues a contract containing such an exclusion shall provide written notice thereof to each prospective subscriber or subscriber, which shall appear in not less than 10 point type, in the contract, application and sales brochure.  For the purposes of this subsection, "religious employer" means an employer that is a church, convention or association of churches or any group or entity that is operated, supervised or controlled by or in connection with a church or a convention or association of churches as defined in 26 U.S.C. s.3121(w)(3)(A), and that qualifies as a tax-exempt organization under 26 U.S.C. s.501(c)(3).

     c.     This section shall apply to those hospital service corporation contracts in which the hospital service corporation has reserved the right to change the premium.

     d.    The provisions of this section shall not apply to a hospital service corporation contract which, pursuant to a contract between the hospital service corporation and the Department of Human Services, provides benefits to persons who are eligible for medical assistance under P.L.1968, c.413 (C.30:4D-1 et seq.), [the Children's Health Care Coverage Program under P.L.1997, c.272 (C.30:4I-1 et seq.),] the NJ FamilyCare [Health Coverage] Program [under P.L.2000, c.71 (C.30:4J-1 et seq.)] established pursuant to P.L.2005, c.156 (C.30:4J-8 et al.), or any other program administered by the Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services in the Department of Human Services.

(cf: P.L.2001, c.236, s.1)

 

     2.    Section 2 of P.L.2001, c.236 (C.17:48A-7w) is amended to read as follows:

     2.    a. A medical service corporation contract which provides hospital or medical expense benefits for groups with more than 50 persons, which includes pregnancy-related benefits, shall not be delivered, issued, executed or renewed in this State, or approved for issuance or renewal in this State by the Commissioner of Banking and Insurance on or after the effective date of this act unless the contract provides coverage for persons covered under the contract for medically necessary expenses incurred in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility as provided pursuant to this section.  The medical service corporation contract shall provide coverage which includes, but is not limited to, the following services related to infertility: diagnosis and diagnostic tests; medications; surgery; in vitro fertilization; embryo transfer; artificial insemination; gamete intra fallopian transfer; zygote intra fallopian transfer; intracytoplasmic sperm injection; and four completed egg retrievals per lifetime of the covered person.  The medical service corporation may provide that coverage for in vitro fertilization, gamete intra fallopian transfer and zygote intra fallopian transfer shall be limited to a covered person who:  a. has used all reasonable, less expensive and medically appropriate treatments and is still unable to become pregnant or carry a pregnancy; b. has not reached the limit of four completed egg retrievals; and c. is 45 years of age or younger.

     For purposes of this section, "infertility" means:

     (1)   the disease or condition that results in the abnormal function of the reproductive system such that a person is not able to [:] impregnate another person [;] or conceive [after two years of unprotected intercourse if the female partner is under 35 years of age, or one year of unprotected intercourse if the female partner is 35 years of age or older or one of the partners is considered medically sterile; or carry a pregnancy to live birth] ; or

     (2)   a determination of infertility by a physician licensed to practice medicine and surgery in this State pursuant to the provisions of R.S.45:9-1 et seq.

     The benefits shall be provided to the same extent as for other pregnancy-related procedures under the contract, except that the services provided for in this section shall be performed at facilities that conform to standards established by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine or the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.  The same copayments, deductibles and benefit limits shall apply to the diagnosis and treatment of infertility pursuant to this section as those applied to other medical or surgical benefits under the contract.

     b.    A religious employer may request, and a medical service corporation shall grant, an exclusion under the contract for the coverage required by this section for in vitro fertilization, embryo transfer, artificial insemination, zygote intra fallopian transfer and intracytoplasmic sperm injection, if the required coverage is contrary to the religious employer's bona fide religious tenets.  The medical service corporation that issues a contract containing such an exclusion shall provide written notice thereof to each prospective subscriber or subscriber, which shall appear in not less than ten point type, in the contract, application and sales brochure.  For the purposes of this subsection, "religious employer" means an employer that is a church, convention or association of churches or any group or entity that is operated, supervised or controlled by or in connection with a church or a convention or association of churches as defined in 26 U.S.C. s.3121(w)(3)(A), and that qualifies as a tax-exempt organization under 26 U.S.C. s.501(c)(3).

     c.     This section shall apply to those medical service corporation contracts in which the medical service corporation has reserved the right to change the premium.

     d.    The provisions of this section shall not apply to a medical service corporation contract which, pursuant to a contract between the medical service corporation and the Department of Human Services, provides benefits to persons who are eligible for medical assistance under P.L.1968, c.413 (C.30:4D-1 et seq.), [the Children's Health Care Coverage Program under P.L.1997, c.272 (C.30:4I-1 et seq.),] the NJ FamilyCare [Health Coverage] Program [under P.L.2000, c.71 (C.30:4J-1 et seq.)] established pursuant to P.L.2005, c.156 (C.30:4J-8 et al.), or any other program administered by the Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services in the Department of Human Services.

(cf: P.L.2001, c.236, s.2)

 

     3.    Section 3 of P.L.2001, c.236 (C.17:48E-35.22) is amended to read as follows:

     3.    a. A health service corporation contract which provides hospital or medical expense benefits for groups with more than 50 persons, which includes pregnancy-related benefits, shall not be delivered, issued, executed or renewed in this State, or approved for issuance or renewal in this State by the Commissioner of Banking and Insurance on or after the effective date of this act unless the contract provides coverage for persons covered under the contract for medically necessary expenses incurred in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility as provided pursuant to this section.  The health service corporation contract shall provide coverage which includes, but is not limited to, the following services related to infertility: diagnosis and diagnostic tests; medications; surgery; in vitro fertilization; embryo transfer; artificial insemination; gamete intra fallopian transfer; zygote intra fallopian transfer; intracytoplasmic sperm injection; and four completed egg retrievals per lifetime of the covered person.  The health service corporation may provide that coverage for in vitro fertilization, gamete intra fallopian transfer and zygote intra fallopian transfer shall be limited to a covered person who: a. has used all reasonable, less expensive and medically appropriate treatments and is still unable to become pregnant or carry a pregnancy; b. has not reached the limit of four completed egg retrievals; and c. is 45 years of age or younger.

     For purposes of this section, "infertility" means:

     (1)   the disease or condition that results in the abnormal function of the reproductive system such that a person is not able to [:] impregnate another person [;] or conceive [after two years of unprotected intercourse if the female partner is under 35 years of age, or one year of unprotected intercourse if the female partner is 35 years of age or older or one of the partners is considered medically sterile; or carry a pregnancy to live birth] ; or

     (2)   a determination of infertility by a physician licensed to practice medicine and surgery in this State pursuant to the provisions of R.S.45:9-1 et seq.

     The benefits shall be provided to the same extent as for other pregnancy-related procedures under the contract, except that the services provided for in this section shall be performed at facilities that conform to standards established by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine or the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.  The same copayments, deductibles and benefit limits shall apply to the diagnosis and treatment of infertility pursuant to this section as those applied to other medical or surgical benefits under the contract.

     b.    A religious employer may request, and a health service corporation shall grant, an exclusion under the contract for the coverage required by this section for in vitro fertilization, embryo transfer, artificial insemination, zygote intra fallopian transfer and intracytoplasmic sperm injection, if the required coverage is contrary to the religious employer's bona fide religious tenets.  The health service corporation that issues a contract containing such an exclusion shall provide written notice thereof to each prospective subscriber or subscriber, which shall appear in not less than ten point type, in the contract, application and sales brochure.  For the purposes of this subsection, "religious employer" means an employer that is a church, convention or association of churches or any group or entity that is operated, supervised or controlled by or in connection with a church or a convention or association of churches as defined in 26 U.S.C. s.3121(w)(3)(A), and that qualifies as a tax-exempt organization under 26 U.S.C. s.501(c)(3).

     c.     This section shall apply to those health service corporation contracts in which the health service corporation has reserved the right to change the premium.

     d.    The provisions of this section shall not apply to a health service corporation contract which, pursuant to a contract between the health service corporation and the Department of Human Services, provides benefits to persons who are eligible for medical assistance under P.L.1968, c.413 (C.30:4D-1 et seq.), [the Children's Health Care Coverage Program under P.L.1997, c.272 (C.30:4I-1 et seq.),] the NJ FamilyCare [Health Coverage] Program [under P.L.2000, c.71 (C.30:4J-1 et seq.)] established pursuant to P.L.2005, c.156 (C.30:4J-8 et al.), or any other program administered by the Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services in the Department of Human Services.

(cf: P.L.2001, c.236, s.3)

 

     4.    Section 4 of P.L.2001, c.236 (C.17B:27-46.1x) is amended to read as follows:

     4.    a. A group health insurance policy which provides hospital or medical expense benefits for groups with more than 50 persons, which includes pregnancy-related benefits, shall not be delivered, issued, executed or renewed in this State, or approved for issuance or renewal in this State by the Commissioner of Banking and Insurance on or after the effective date of this act unless the policy provides coverage for persons covered under the policy for medically necessary expenses incurred in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility as provided pursuant to this section.  The policy shall provide coverage which includes, but is not limited to, the following services related to infertility: diagnosis and diagnostic tests; medications; surgery; in vitro fertilization; embryo transfer; artificial insemination; gamete intra fallopian transfer; zygote intra fallopian transfer; intracytoplasmic sperm injection; and four completed egg retrievals per lifetime of the covered person.  The insurer may provide that coverage for in vitro fertilization, gamete intra fallopian transfer and zygote intra fallopian transfer shall be limited to a covered person who: a. has used all reasonable, less expensive and medically appropriate treatments and is still unable to become pregnant or carry a pregnancy; b. has not reached the limit of four completed egg retrievals; and c. is 45 years of age or younger.

     For purposes of this section, "infertility" means:

     (1)   the disease or condition that results in the abnormal function of the reproductive system such that a person is not able to [:] impregnate another person [;] or conceive [after two years of unprotected intercourse if the female partner is under 35 years of age, or one year of unprotected intercourse if the female partner is 35 years of age or older or one of the partners is considered medically sterile; or carry a pregnancy to live birth] ; or

     (2)   a determination of infertility by a physician licensed to practice medicine and surgery in this State pursuant to the provisions of R.S.45:9-1 et seq.

     The benefits shall be provided to the same extent as for other pregnancy-related procedures under the policy, except that the services provided for in this section shall be performed at facilities that conform to standards established by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine or the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.  The same copayments, deductibles and benefit limits shall apply to the diagnosis and treatment of infertility pursuant to this section as those applied to other medical or surgical benefits under the policy.

     b.    A religious employer may request, and an insurer shall grant, an exclusion under the policy for the coverage required by this section for in vitro fertilization, embryo transfer, artificial insemination, zygote intra fallopian transfer and intracytoplasmic sperm injection, if the required coverage is contrary to the religious employer's bona fide religious tenets.  The insurer that issues a policy containing such an exclusion shall provide written notice thereof to each prospective insured or insured, which shall appear in not less than ten point type, in the policy, application and sales brochure.  For the purposes of this subsection, "religious employer" means an employer that is a church, convention or association of churches or any group or entity that is operated, supervised or controlled by or in connection with a church or a convention or association of churches as defined in 26 U.S.C. s.3121(w)(3)(A), and that qualifies as a tax-exempt organization under 26 U.S.C. s.501(c)(3).

     c.     This section shall apply to those insurance policies in which the insurer has reserved the right to change the premium.

     d.    The provisions of this section shall not apply to a group health insurance policy which, pursuant to a contract between the insurer and the Department of Human Services, provides benefits to persons who are eligible for medical assistance under P.L.1968, c.413 (C.30:4D-1 et seq.), [the Children's Health Care Coverage Program under P.L.1997, c.272 (C.30:4I-1 et seq.),] the NJ FamilyCare [Health Coverage] Program [under P.L.2000, c.71 (C.30:4J-1 et seq.)] established pursuant to P.L.2005, c.156 (C.30:4J-8 et al.), or any other program administered by the Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services in the Department of Human Services.

(cf: P.L.2001, c.236, s.4)

 

     5.    Section 5 of P.L.2001, c.236 (C.26:2J-4.23) is amended to read as follows:

     5.    a. No certificate of authority to establish and operate a health maintenance organization in this State shall be issued or continued on or after the effective date of this act unless the health maintenance organization provides health care services, to groups of more than 50 enrollees, for medically necessary expenses incurred in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility as provided pursuant to this section.  A health maintenance organization shall provide enrollee coverage which includes, but is not limited to, the following services related to infertility: diagnosis and diagnostic tests; medications; surgery; in vitro fertilization; embryo transfer; artificial insemination; gamete intra fallopian transfer; zygote intra fallopian transfer; intracytoplasmic sperm injection; and four completed egg retrievals per lifetime of the enrollee.  The health maintenance organization may provide that health care services for in vitro fertilization, gamete intra fallopian transfer and zygote intra fallopian transfer shall be limited to a covered person who: a. has used all reasonable, less expensive and medically appropriate treatments and is still unable to become pregnant or carry a pregnancy; b. has not reached the limit of four completed egg retrievals; and c. is 45 years of age or younger.

     For purposes of this section, "infertility" means:

     (1)   the disease or condition that results in the abnormal function of the reproductive system such that a person is not able to [:] impregnate another person [;] or conceive [after two years of unprotected intercourse if the female partner is under 35 years of age, or one year of unprotected intercourse if the female partner is 35 years of age or older or one of the partners is considered medically sterile; or carry a pregnancy to live birth] ; or

     (2)   a determination of infertility by a physician licensed to practice medicine and surgery in this State pursuant to the provisions of R.S.45:9-1 et seq.

     The health care services shall be provided to the same extent as for other pregnancy-related procedures under the contract, except that the services provided for in this section shall be performed at facilities that conform to standards established by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine or the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.  The same copayments, deductibles and benefit limits shall apply to the diagnosis and treatment of infertility pursuant to this section as those applied to other medical or surgical health care services under the contract.

     b.    A religious employer may request, and a health maintenance organization shall grant, an exclusion under the contract for the health care services required by this section for in vitro fertilization, embryo transfer, artificial insemination, zygote intra fallopian transfer and intracytoplasmic sperm injection, if the required health care services are contrary to the religious employer's bona fide religious tenets.  The health maintenance organization that issues a contract containing such an exclusion shall provide written notice thereof to each prospective enrollee or enrollee, which shall appear in not less than ten point type, in the contract, application and sales brochure.  For the purposes of this subsection, "religious employer" means an employer that is a church, convention or association of churches or any group or entity that is operated, supervised or controlled by or in connection with a church or a convention or association of churches as defined in 26 U.S.C. s.3121(w)(3)(A), and that qualifies as a tax-exempt organization under 26 U.S.C. s.501(c)(3).

     c.     The provisions of this section shall apply to those contracts for health care services by health maintenance organizations under which the right to change the schedule of charges for enrollee coverage is reserved.

     d.    The provisions of this section shall not apply to a contract for health care services by a health maintenance organization which, pursuant to a contract between the health maintenance organization and the Department of Human Services, provides benefits to persons who are eligible for medical assistance under P.L.1968, c.413 (C.30:4D-1 et seq.), [the Children's Health Care Coverage Program under P.L.1997, c.272 (C.30:4I-1 et seq.),] the NJ FamilyCare [Health Coverage] Program [under P.L.2000, c.71 (C.30:4J-1 et seq.)] established pursuant to P.L.2005, c.156 (C.30:4J-8 et al.), or any other program administered by the Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services in the Department of Human Services.

(cf: P.L.2001, c.236, s.5)

 

     6.    This act shall take effect 90 days after enactment and shall apply to policies or contracts issued or renewed on or after the effective date.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This bill expands the availability of insurance coverage for infertility-related health benefits to certain women that are currently denied coverage for those benefits under certain health insurance plans.

     Under current law, hospital, medical and health service corporations, commercial group insurers and health maintenance organizations are required, in certain circumstances, to provide coverage under group policies for medically necessary expenses incurred in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility.  In relevant part, current law defines “infertility” as the disease or condition that results in the abnormal function of the reproductive system such that a female partner under 35 years of age has been unable to conceive after two years of unprotected intercourse, or a female partner over 35 has been unable to conceive after one year of unprotected intercourse or one of the partners is considered medically sterile.  Because the definition of infertility requires the female partner to have unprotected intercourse, certain females, such as lesbians, women without partners, or women with partners who have protected intercourse, may not be qualified to receive coverage for these benefits.  This bill defines “infertility” as: (1) the disease or condition that results in the abnormal function of the reproductive system such that a person is not able to impregnate another person or conceive; or (2) a determination of infertility by a physician licensed to practice medicine and surgery in this State.

     Current provisions of law, which remain unchanged, also permit insurers to limit coverage for in vitro fertilization, gamete intra fallopian transfer and zygote intra fallopian transfer, to a covered persons who: (1) has used all reasonable, less expensive and medically appropriate treatments and is still unable to become pregnant or carry a pregnancy; (2) has not reached the limit of four completed egg retrievals; and (3) is 45 years of age or younger.