Cancer

Maryland lawmakers pass legislation to help preserve the fertility of cancer patients

Maryland lawmakers pass legislation to help preserve the fertility of cancer patients

Nearly 18 years after surviving cervical cancer, Tamika Felder still longs to have a child.

The disease left the 42-year-old infertile. Her insurance at the time would not cover the cost of freezing her eggs for in-vitro fertilization later and the procedure was too expensive to pay for herself.

She now hopes that legislation that passed in the recent General Assembly session will make it easier for cancer patients to preserve their fertility. The legislation requires insurance companies to pay for standard fertility preservation procedures, such as sperm and egg freezing, for people who undergo medical treatment that would result in infertility. This includes chemotherapy...

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