Hawaii weighs expanded coverage for infertility


HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers are weighing whether insurance companies should be required to cover more treatments for infertility.

The resolution (SCR 35) calls on the state auditor to study the social and economic impacts of the idea.

Proponents say women are starting their families later, raising concerns about the need for costly fertility procedures.

But the Hawaii Catholic Conference says religious institutions should not be forced to provide services that go against the tenets of their faith. The group says the fact that advanced procedures have been developed does not mean they are morally acceptable.

Hawaii already requires insurers to cover in vitro fertilization. But proponents say the current law has limits and it requires companies to cover only one treatment.

The Hawaii House advanced the measure to its finance committee Tuesday.

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