Minnesota second-best on new state fertility scorecard

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A non-profit group that advocates for expanding access to fertility help has given Minnesota a B grade.

Almost 114,000 women in the state have experienced infertility, according to RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, which put together the rankings

The organization analyzed states on a number of criteria, including whether they offer insurance coverage for in vitro fertilization (IVF), the number of fertility specialists in each state and the prevalence of infertility support groups.

States with an A grade: Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts and New Jersey.

States with the lowest grade: Alaska, New Hampshire and Wyoming.

Minnesota does not require health insurance plans to cover fertility treatments.

The group says securing insurance coverage is one of the biggest hurdles for women or couples seeking IVF. Some states do not provide coverage for the procedure for ethical reasons, TIME reports.

“We are working to highlight state-by-state disparities between access to support resources and fertility treatment in an effort to motivate people to take action to improve their state’s fertility friendliness,” says Barbara Collura, President/CEO of RESOLVE.

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