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One Woman's Advocacy Pays Off As Fertility Treatment Coverage Bill Passes

One Woman's Advocacy Pays Off As Fertility Treatment Coverage Bill Passes

Melissa Thompson was 32 and had just given birth to her first child, a daughter named Poppy, when she was diagnosed with stage-three breast cancer.

While weighing potentially life and death decisions about her treatment, the Stamford woman also faced questions about her future fertility. That's because the chemotherapy needed to treat her cancer was likely to render her infertile, foreclosing the opportunity to expand her family.

Thompson opted to undergo a procedure that would retrieve her eggs for a future pregnancy, but after learning that her infertility was linked to her cancer diagnosis, her health insurer reversed its pre-authorization of the treatment, leaving her on...

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