In an article published in HuffPost, Dr. Eden Cardozo discusses the impact of the 2017 Rhode Island fertility preservation insurance mandate. Before the mandate, women recently diagnosed with cancer would be referred by their doctors to the Women & Infants’ Fertility Center for egg freezing, but would often ultimately be unable to pursue treatment because of the cost. Egg freezing, a type of fertility preservation treatment, typically costs thousands of dollars.
The fertility insurance mandate, which Dr. Cardozo helped develop, requires most insurance plans to cover the cost of these procedures. She notes that since the law was put into effect, her referrals for egg freezing have increased threefold. One patient from Rhode Island comments that she froze her eggs while undergoing treatment for leukemia and was able to have her cycle fully covered because of the mandate.
While similar insurance mandate laws currently only exist in Maryland and Connecticut, advocates are working on passing legislation in states like California and elsewhere.
About Women & Infants Hospital
Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is one of the nation’s leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns. A major teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics, as well as a number of specialized programs in women’s medicine, Women & Infants is the ninth largest stand-alone obstetrical service in the country and the largest in New England with approximately 8,500 deliveries per year. A Designated Baby-Friendly® USA hospital, U.S.News & World Report 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospital in Neonatology and a 2014 Leapfrog Top Hospital, in 2009 Women & Infants opened what was at the time the country’s largest, single-family room neonatal intensive care unit.
Women & Infants and Brown offer fellowship programs in gynecologic oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery, neonatal-perinatal medicine, pediatric and perinatal pathology, gynecologic pathology and cytopathology, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. It is home to the nation’s first mother-baby perinatal psychiatric partial hospital, as well as the nation’s only fellowship program in obstetric medicine.
Women & Infants has been designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiography; a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology; a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence by the National Institutes of Health (NIH); and a Neonatal Resource Services Center of Excellence. It is one of the largest and most prestigious research facilities in high risk and normal obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics in the nation, and is a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Oncology Group and the Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.