House bill mandating infertility insurance be offered
Could the -- would the committee be amenable to moving this forward pending such ruling by the -- by the authorities? But we're just trying to get -- and I have no problem personally.I can't speak for my house chair or members of the committee, where if there is a -- we call it mandate; I call them preventions -- necessary, I feel the state should pay for it.
In February of 2008, my son Zane was diagnosed with an EGID, a genetic disorder prohibiting him from eating.
The best information we have suggests that there are only 53 families in the state which have children requiring medical food.
With 30 families handled via the Thrive Program, that leaves roughly 20 families which may need to access insurance to pay for medical food -- food, which is hardly a large risk pool.
It does not, in my view, represent a slippery slope that's going to open us up to all sorts of other, you know, coverage issues. As you certainly know, when it comes to insurance for medical conditions, we have to be discriminating as to the things that we do cover and we don't cover.
But in this case, I think it's very straightforward. And by extending the age, we're really providing these families with a kind of safety net they require.
So there will be others testifying before you today where -- far better versed on the medical and the financial aspects of this condition.