Health & Safety Code Only Required Blue Cross to "Offer" to Provide Infertility Group Coverage

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The Court of Appeal recently interpreted the infertility treatment provisions of Health and Safety Code section 1374.55 in Yeager v. Blue Cross of California, __ Cal. Rptr. 3d __, 2009 WL 2033209 (July 15, 2009). Yeager sued Blue Cross, alleging that it violated its duty under section 1374.55 to offer coverage for infertility treatment in the group plan that Blue Cross provided through Yeager’s employer, Westmont College. Blue Cross moved for summary judgment, arguing that it complied with section 1374.55 by offering optional coverage of up to $2,000 a year for half the cost of each group member’s infertility treatment, which Westmont College declined to purchase for cost-related reasons. The trial court granted summary judgment, and Yeager appealed.

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