DELAWARE BECOMES THE 16TH STATE

To Mandate Fertility Coverage

On June 30, 2018, history was made! Governor John Carney signed SB139, Delaware’s Fertility Care & Preservation Bill into law.

SB139 FAQRead THE BILL
Meet Our SB139 Champion

Christie Gross

TAKING CHARGE SINCE DAY 1

Christie Gross, SB139 champion and patient advocate, has over 20 years of experience in policy development and helped create the bill. She led the grassroots campaign and united fellow patients, physicians, and community advocates while inspiring them to stand up for Delaware fertility coverage.

“Our success is proof that positive change is possible when people stand together and use their voice.”

Frequently Asked Questions

About How SB139 May Affect You

When will sb139 go into effect?

SB139 went into effect on June 30, 2018 after Governor Carney signed the bill into law. It will apply when the employer’s insurance company has their first annual enrollment after this date. Please note most companies’ annual enrollment takes effect in January of each year. Please contact your HR Department to determine when your annual enrollment date.

Why are self-insured companies not affected by the bill?

Federal law states that NO company or organization that self-insures is required to adopt any state insurance mandate. 

Why are Delaware state employees excluded from this bill?

The State of Delaware self-insures and coverage under the state employee plan is only subject to federal statutes and regulations. This is true for all companies or organizations that self-insure. Senator Townsend and Representative Longhurst have already taken action with the State Employee Benefits Commission (SEBC). SEBC decides whether to adopt insurance laws, like SB139 for state employees. Please come back as updates will be posted.

My company is based in another state but I work in a Delaware office. Would that mean that people like me whose jobs are based out of state, but live in Delaware be excluded?
It’s best you contact your company’s HR department to determine if your coverage would adhere to Delaware insurance laws. Unfortunately, employer-sponsored insurance is generally based on where the employer resides, but depending on the size of the company, it’s possible that your insurance could be Delaware-based.
Does SB139 cover donor eggs, donor sperm, and /or donor embryos?

The legislation covers only the treatment associated with the use of donor embryos, eggs and sperm, such as intrauterine insemination, assisted hatching of embryos, cryopreservation and thawing of embryos, eggs and sperm, embryo biopsy, fresh and frozen embryo transfers, intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection, medications, storage of embryos, eggs and sperm. It does not cover the actual cost associated with acquiring donor embryos, eggs and sperm. You would be responsible for this cost out of pocket.

Can this insurance be purchased in the marketplace?

Fertility care and preservation coverage will be included with plans sold on the individual marketplace. It’s not known, however, if coverage will be available during the next enrollment period for coverage in 2019 or next year’s enrollment period for coverage in 2020. It will depend on when the state is able to update coverage included for its individual plans. Please come back as updates will be posted.

READ Dr. Ronald Feinberg’s

Testimony Before Legislators

Dr. Feinberg shared his 30+ years of experience testifying about the ethics of expanding access to care for people who need medical services to build their families.

History

SB139’s Journey

Governor John Carney Signs Sb139 Into Law

Governor John Carney signed SB139, Delaware’s Fertility Care & Preservation Bill into law on June 30th, 2018! It was an amazing journey supporting our patient advocate and SB139 champion, Christie Gross. What started as an idea to help families struggling with the financial burden of overcoming infertility blossomed into a wonderful grassroots campaign.

SB139 ADVOCATES GATHER AFTER IT PASSES THE HOUSE

Dr. Emelia Bachman joined Christie Gross, Rep. Valerie Longhurst and Sen. Bryan Townsend along with community members to celebrate the historic win for Delaware families. Once Gov. Carney signs it into law, Delaware will become the 16th state to cover fertility care and the 4th state to cover fertility preservation.

MIRANDA MAL TESTIFIES BEFORE THE HOUSE COMMITTEE

Miranda Mal, RESOLVE Support Group Host and Delaware Team Captain for Advocacy Day, joined her husband, Joshua, to share their personal journey. She expressed her hope for the thousands of individuals and families who will be diagnosed with infertility in the future in front of the House Committee.

SB139 ADVOCATES AFTER THE HOUSE COMMITTEE HEARING

House Majority Leader Rep. Valerie Maglio Longhurst joined guests that testified at the SB139 House Committee Hearing. Unanimous support meant SB139 moved to a floor vote before the entire House of Representatives on Thursday, June 7, 2018.

DR. FEINBERG TESTIFIES BEFORE THE HOUSE COMMITTEE

On March 14 and June 6, 2018, Dr. Ronald Feinberg testified at Committee hearings before the Delaware Senate and House of Representatives. He contributed his medical expertise addressing how fertility care and IVF can safely help Delaware citizens build their families.

LYNDSAY BINGNEAR TESTIFIES BEFORE THE HOUSE COMMITTEE

Lyndsay Bingnear, one of our Nurse Practitioners, shared her experience caring for fertility patients while relating to her own fertility journey. Community members also expressed why fertility preservation is important to young cancer patients.

DR. BACHMAN & CHRISTIE GROSS After The SUCCESSFUL Senate Floor VOTE

Following a unanimous State Senate vote on March 27, 2018, Dr. Emelia Bachman and Christie Gross gathered on the steps of Legislative Hall. Dr. Bachman provided her medical expertise for this historic day when SB139 advanced to the House of Representatives.

RAD TEAM MEMBERS & CHRISTIE GROSS TESTIFY AT SENATE COMMITTEE HEARING

Dr. Feinberg, Dr. Bachman, and members of Team RAD joined patients and community members at Legislative Hall. SB139 was considered in the Senate Health, Children & Social Services Committee on March 14, 2018.

Get Involved

The Stand Up for Delaware Fertility Coverage community stood up together, and made change together! Connect with them on Facebook to learn more and stay tuned for legislative updates.

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June 30th - GOVERNOR Carney SIGNS THE BILL into Law

Delaware Governor John Carney sit down and officially sign SB139 into law making Delaware the 16th state to mandate fertility care and preservation coverage.
SB139 – DELAWARE’S FERTILITY CARE & PRESERVATION BILL

In the News

Senate bill would cover IVF, all fertility treatments for Delawareans
DELAWARE ONLINE
MARCH 25, 2018

A bill in the legislature would require insurers to cover fertility treatments, including IVF, for families. Newark resident Christie Gross is the patient advocate for the bill.

Delaware measure calls for mandating insurers cover infertility treatment
WHYY
MARCH 2, 2018

Delaware couples struggling to conceive may get some help if a measure proposed in the state Senate becomes law.

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