HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR REPRODUCTIVE MEDICINE’S 2021 SCIENTIFIC CONGRESS
Historically, Black and Hispanic women have been less likely to receive fertility treatment compared to white women, and it was thought that lower income or a lack of insurance coverage may be the reason. However, results of a study presented at ASRM’s 2021 Scientific Congress indicate that even with private insurance coverage and women living in states that mandate coverage for fertility treatment, disparities exist.
The researchers found that among 44,577 women across 12 states who had recently given birth, those identifying as Black and Hispanic who had private insurance coverage for fertility treatment were significantly less likely to report such treatment compared to insured white women, even after adjusting for age, educational level and marital status.
“This study indicates that there may be other barriers contributing to racial and ethnic access to or utilization of fertility treatment,” said Michael Thomas, M.D., Vice President of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. “Additional research will be needed to identify the reasons behind those disparities to help more women in minority communities who wish to receive fertility assistance to build their families.”
O-32, J. Morris et al, INSURANCE COVERAGE DOES NOT MITIGATE RACIAL AND ETHNIC DISPARITIES SEEN IN FERTILITY TREATMENT UTILIZATION: A SURVEY OF US POSTPARTUM WOMEN