Yes, in Illinois benefits will be provided the same as your benefits for any other condition for Covered Services rendered in connection with the diagnosis and/or treatment of infertility, including, but not limited to, in-vitro fertilization, uterine embryo lavage, embryo transfer, artificial insemination, gamete intrafallopian tube transfer, zygote intrafallopian tube transfer, low tubal ovum transfer and intracytoplasmic sperm injection.
Infertility means the inability to conceive a child after one year of unprotected sexual intercourse or the inability to sustain a successful pregnancy. The one year requirement will be waived if your Physician determines that a medical condition exists that makes conception impossible through unprotected sexual intercourse including, but not limited to, congenital absence of the uterus or ovaries, absence of the uterus or ovaries due to surgical removal due to a medical condition, or involuntary sterilization due to Chemotherapy or radiation treatments; or, efforts to conceive as a result of one year of medically based and supervised methods of conception, including artificial insemination, have failed and are not likely to lead to a successful pregnancy.
Unprotected sexual intercourse means sexual union between a male and female without the use of any process, device or method that prevents conception including, but not limited to, oral contraceptives, chemicals, physical or barrier contraceptives, natural abstinence or voluntary permanent surgical procedures and includes appropriate measures to ensure the health and safety of sexual partners. Benefits for treatments that include oocyte retrievals will be provided only when:
- You have been unable to attain or sustain a successful pregnancy through reasonable, less
costly, medically appropriate infertility treatments; however, this requirement will be waived if you or your partner has a medical condition that makes such treatment useless; and
2. You have not undergone four completed oocyte retrievals, except that if a live birth followed a completed oocyte retrieval, two more completed oocyte retrievals shall be covered.
Benefits will also be provided for medical expenses of an oocyte or sperm donor for procedures used to retrieve oocytes or sperm and the subsequent procedure to transfer the oocytes or sperm to you. Associated donor medical expenses are also covered, including, but not limited to, physical examinations, laboratory screenings, psychological screenings and prescription drugs.
The maximum number of completed oocyte retrievals that are eligible for coverage under this Policy in your lifetime is six. If an oocyte donor is used, then the completed oocyte retrieval performed on the donor shall count as one completed oocyte retrieval. Following the final completed oocyte retrieval, benefits will be provided for one subsequent procedure to transfer the oocytes or sperm to you. Thereafter, you will have no benefits for infertility treatment.
Benefits will not be provided for the following:
a. Services or supplies rendered to a surrogate, except that costs for procedures to obtain eggs,
sperm or embryos from you will be covered if you choose to use a surrogate.
b. Selected termination of an embryo; provided, however, termination will be covered where the
mother’s life would be in danger if all embryos were carried to full term.
c. Expenses incurred for cryo-preservation or storage of sperm, eggs or embryos, except for
those procedures which use a cryo-preserved substance.
d. Non-medical costs of an egg or sperm donor.
e. Travel costs for travel within 100 miles of your home or travel costs not Medically Necessary
or required by Blue Cross and Blue Shield