The Affordable Care Act early implications for fertility medicine

Capsule:
With the majority of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) taking effect in 2014, insurers, patients, and healthcare providers in every field of medicine await the law’s full impact.

Authors:
Kate Devine, M.D., Robert J. Stillman, M.D., Alan H. DeCherney, M.D.

Volume 101, Issue 5, Pages 1224–1227

Abstract:
With the majority of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) taking effect in 2014, insurers, patients, and healthcare providers in every field of medicine await the law’s full impact. Patients and providers of infertility care stand to gain a great deal, given that so few have enjoyed substantial coverage for fertility treatments. Conversely, given the ACA’s basis of “minimum essential” coverage, the field’s position is precarious—fertility treatments have historically been regarded as a luxury by insurers—and what little coverage exists may be further downscaled.

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