- Report Published -
|House Bill 1387 (1994): Mandated Offer of Coverage for Infertility Treatment|
|Special Advisory Commission on Mandated Health Insurance Benefits|
|The report contained herein has been prepared pursuant to §§ 9-298 and 9-299 of the Code of Virginia.|
This report documents a study conducted by the Special Advisory Commission on Mandated Health Insurance Benefits to assess the social and financial impact and the medical efficacy of House Bill 1387 (1994 Session) regarding a proposed mandated offer of coverage for infertility treatment.
The Senate Committee on Education and Health referred House Bill 1387 to the Special Advisory Commission on Mandated Health Insurance Benefits (Advisory Commission) during the 1994 Session of the General Assembly. House Bill 1387 is patroned by Delegate Jerrauld C. Jones.
The Advisory Commission held a hearing on June 13, 1994 in Richmond to receive public comment on House Bill 1387. Four speakers addressed the proposal. A reproductive endocrinologist representing the American Fertility Society (AFS) and a representative of RESOLVE of Virginia's Family Building Act Committee (FBAC) spoke in favor of the bill. Representatives of Trigon Blue Cross and Blue Shield (Trigon) and Mid-Atlantic Medical Services, Inc. (MAMSI) spoke in opposition to the measure. In addition, written comments were provided by Dr. Howard W. Jones, Jr., Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Eastern Virginia Medical School in support of the bill and by the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States, Inc., Blue Cross and Blue Shield of the National Capital Area, and a concerned citizen from Norfolk in opposition to House Bill 1387. A copy of the transcript of the public hearing was sent to each member that did not attend the June 13 meeting. The Advisory Commission concluded its review of House Bill 1387 on June 28, 1994.