ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Female same-sex couples in Maryland would have the same health care benefits for artificial insemination as heterosexual couples, under a bill passed by the state Senate.
Senators passed the bill 37-10 on Tuesday.READ MORE: Fourth Of July Festivities Began In Baltimore County Sunday Evening
The measure would prevent health insurers from excluding benefits for outpatient expenses related to in vitro fertilization, in which the egg is fertilized outside a woman’s body and the embryo is implanted in the uterus. Under current law, insurers only have to provide the benefit for someone using a husband’s sperm. That has precluded female same-sex couples from coverage.READ MORE: Maryland Weather: Expect Scattered Storms After The Fourth Of July
Sen. Cheryl Kagan, a Montgomery County Democrat, says the bill is aimed at updating the state’s laws. Maryland voters approved same-sex marriage in 2012.
A similar bill has passed the House on a 94-44 vote.MORE NEWS: Man Who Shot Wicomico Sheriff's Deputy Indicted On 18 Charges
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