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In vitro mandate bill for same-sex couples passes both chambers
In vitro mandate bill for same-sex couples passes both chambers

Legislation intended to put lesbians on a par with straight couples on health insurance coverage for advanced fertility procedures has passed both the Senate and the House. The Senate passed the measure Tuesday morning 37-10, following House passage the night before on a 94-44 vote. The bill would apply Maryland's existing mandate for state-regulated insurers to provide coverage for in vitro fertilization treatments to same-sex as well as opposite sex couples. Previously lesbians were excluded because the 2000 mandate called for the use of the husband's sperm for the couple to receive coverage.  The existing law also requires the couple to show a two-year history of...

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