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215 ILCS 5/356m
(215 ILCS 5/356m)
(from Ch. 73, par. 968m)
(a) No group policy of accident and health insurance providing coverage
for more than 25 employees that provides pregnancy related benefits may be
issued, amended, delivered, or
renewed in this State after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 99th General Assembly unless the policy contains coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of
infertility including, but not limited to, in vitro fertilization, uterine
embryo lavage, embryo transfer, artificial insemination, gamete
intrafallopian tube transfer, zygote intrafallopian tube transfer, and low
tubal ovum transfer.
(b) The coverage required under subsection (a) is subject to the following conditions:
(1) Coverage for procedures for in vitro
fertilization, gamete intrafallopian tube transfer, or zygote intrafallopian tube transfer shall be required only if:
(A) the covered individual has been unable to
attain a viable pregnancy, maintain a viable pregnancy, or sustain a successful pregnancy through reasonable, less costly medically appropriate infertility treatments for which coverage is available under the policy, plan, or contract;
(B) the covered individual has not undergone 4
completed oocyte retrievals, except that if a live birth follows a completed oocyte retrieval, then 2 more completed oocyte retrievals shall be covered; and
(C) the procedures are performed at medical
facilities that conform to the American College of Obstetric and Gynecology guidelines for in vitro fertilization clinics or to the American Fertility Society minimal standards for programs of in vitro fertilization.
(2) The procedures required to be covered under this
Section are not required to be contained in any policy or plan issued to or by a religious institution or organization or to or by an entity sponsored by a religious institution or organization that finds the procedures required to be covered under this Section to violate its religious and moral teachings and beliefs.
(c) As used in this Section, "infertility" means a disease, condition, or status characterized by:
(1) a failure to establish a pregnancy or to carry a
pregnancy to live birth after 12 months of regular, unprotected sexual intercourse if the woman is 35 years of age or younger, or after 6 months of regular, unprotected sexual intercourse if the woman is over 35 years of age; conceiving but having a miscarriage does not restart the 12-month or 6-month term for determining infertility;
(2) a person's inability to reproduce either as a
single individual or with a partner without medical intervention; or
(3) a licensed physician's findings based on a
patient's medical, sexual, and reproductive history, age, physical findings, or diagnostic testing.
(d) A policy, contract, or certificate may not impose any exclusions, limitations, or other restrictions on coverage of fertility medications that are different from those imposed on any other prescription medications, nor may it impose any exclusions, limitations, or other restrictions on coverage of any fertility services based on a covered individual's participation in fertility services provided by or to a third party, nor may it impose deductibles, copayments, coinsurance, benefit maximums, waiting periods, or any other limitations on coverage for the diagnosis of infertility, treatment for infertility, and standard fertility preservation services, except as provided in this Section, that are different from those imposed upon benefits for services not related to infertility.
(Source: P.A. 102-170, eff. 1-1-22