R.I. first state to require fertility-preservation coverage for care that could cause infertility

KIM LYONS OF WARWICK, diagnosed with leukemia, preserved her fertility in advance of radiation therapy because her health care plan covers it. Effective July 5, Rhode Island law requires health care plans to carry the coverage. /COURTESY DR. EDEN CARDOZO
KIM LYONS OF WARWICK, diagnosed with leukemia, preserved her fertility in advance of radiation therapy because her health care plan covers it. Effective July 5, Rhode Island law requires health care plans to carry the coverage. /COURTESY DR. EDEN CARDOZO
PROVIDENCE – When Kim Lyons of Warwick was diagnosed with leukemia March 1, her doctors told her the best chance for survival was stem cell therapy that would require full-body radiation treatment, likely making her infertile. At 30, there’s a 99 percent chance Lyons would be unable to have babies on her own. “It was…

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