August 11, 2016 11:02 pm -

Gay women are required to have unprotected heterosexual sex to prove infertility before qualifying for infertility coverage in New Jersey.

One of the two couples bringing the lawsuit, Marianne and Erin Krupa, said they suffered six miscarriages between them and paid $50,000 for treatments while being denied coverage. The suit stated that they have tried to conceive a child since 2013.

“Right away, we were told that without having sexual intercourse, we would not be covered,” Marianne Krupa told WABC-TV.

The suit targeted the Department of Banking and Insurance for allegedly failing to update its definition of an infertile couple in the wake of the legalization of same-sex marriages. New Jersey is one of 15 states requiring insurance companies like Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, the Krupas’ provider, to provide such coverage. However, only California and Maryland have added language covering same-sex couples into their legislation.



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