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October 8, 2013

New CA Law Provides Equal Insurance Coverage for Fertility Services to LGBT Parents

Today, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 460, which clarifies that insurance coverage of fertility treatments must be offered and provided equally to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender prospective parents, who continue to face discrimination in receiving equal coverage for these services.

Even though California law prohibits discrimination in insurance generally, same-sex couples, transgender prospective parents, and single prospective parents in California continue to face discrimination in seeking coverage for fertility treatments that are covered for different-sex, non-transgender couples.Through our helpline, which provides resources and legal information to hundreds of callers each year in California, the National Center for Lesbian Rights has been contacted by a significant number of LGBT couples and single prospective parents who are unable to obtain coverage for needed fertility services.

LGBT prospective parents should have access to the same benefits that are available to other prospective parents—and Assembly Bill 460 helps ensure that they can.

Read Assemblymember Tom Ammiano’s press release.

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