On the heels of the recent adoption of oncofertility insurance mandate laws in Rhode Island which were championed by providers Women & Infants’ Fertility Center, an article in The New England Journal of Medicine outlines the current state of oncofertility and fertility preservation coverage in the United States. The article was authored by Dr. Eden Cardozo, Dr. Warren Huber, Dr. Ruben Alvero and Dr. Ashley Stuckey, all of whom practice at Women & Infants Hospital.
Connecticut and Rhode Island are the first states to adopt legislation mandating the coverage of fertility preservation for women undergoing the potentially sterilizing effect of cancer treatment. This is a burgeoning branch of fertility treatment known as oncofertility. Women & Infants’ Fertility Center providers hope to continue to lead the national conversation on fertility preservation insurance mandates, which will allow more cancer patients access to fertility-saving procedures.
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.