SB 1530 health insurance coverage for fertility

SB 1530 VOTE: NO
Died in Committee
Declared an Emergency
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This bill requires health insurance coverage of specified fertility services and treatments. Requires a study inequalities in assisted reproduction for individuals who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or are members of other minority gender identities or sexual orientations and to issue report no later than January 31, 2025,

Personal Choice and Responsibility
The no cost sharing may jeopardize the tax status of consumers’ Health Savings Accounts that may only cover benefits without cost sharing that are classified as preventative care under federal law.

Fiscal Responsibility
Every benefit mandate raises the cost of insurance premiums. This is a slippery slope to a very high price tag since covid vaccination studies are showing some sterilization in young people. This isn’t something that belong in a short session without adequate research.

Limited Government
SB 1530 is inequitable picking winners and losers. It only applies to Oregonians in individual market and some state-regulated group plans, which is about 20% of all Oregonians. The bill does not include those covered by PEBB, Medicaid, self-insured plans governed by ERISA, or uninsured residents.

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  1. Oregon taxpayers should not have to foot the bill for what should be a very personal choice for couples. In addition to the former, there should be no special priority for LGBTQ+ persons. This would be especially repugnant to people of faith for obvious reasons.

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