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LGBTQ Hospital Workers Denied Fertility Coverage in Test of US Discrimination Law

OSF HealthCare St. Anthony's Healthcare Center in Alton, Illinois.

OSF HealthCare St. Anthony's Healthcare Center in Alton, Illinois.

Source: OSF Healthcare
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An Illinois-based Catholic hospital system that employs more than 24,000 people will only cover fertility treatment for workers in opposite-sex marriages, a policy some lawyers say could run afoul of federal discrimination laws.

Many health plans that cover fertility treatment services use the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention definition of infertility, which refers to a person being unable to get pregnant after at least a year of unprotected sex.