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Aetna Is Accused of Discriminating Against LGBTQ People Seeking Fertility Treatments

Health insurance company Aetna has been sued for allegedly discriminating against LGBT people in a case in which a claimant says they were required to pay more out of pocket for fertility treatment coverage than straight couples.

Plaintiff Emma Goidel filed a class-action lawsuit in Manhattan in which she claimed that she and her spouse had to pay $45,000 for fertility treatments due to the fact that Aetna requires same-sex couples to pay for treatment out of pocket before they are eligible for coverage.

While straight couples who are trying to conceive through intercourse can receive coverage from Aetna simply by saying that they have tried for six or 12 months, couples of other sexual orientations or genders who cannot conceive through intercourse must initially pay out of pocket for six or 12 months of intrauterine insemination (IUI), according to the complaint.

Read the source article at The Hill

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