Ill. BCBS Hit With Fertility Treatment Bias Claims

By Lauraann Wood (May 20, 2022, 5:41 PM EDT) — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois got hit Thursday with a federal lawsuit claiming the insurer unlawfully discriminates against individuals in the LGBTQ community by making them pay out of pocket for a year before covering their fertility treatment.

Illinois resident Kelsey Murphy’s proposed class suit claimed that BCBSIL’s Blue Advantage HMO policy openly discriminates against her and members of the state’s queer community by failing to give them the same access to fertility treatment such as intrauterine insemination and in vitro fertilization as it does to individuals under the policy who have the capacity to conceive children through unprotected…

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