MANAGED CARE February 1998. ©1998 Stezzi Communications
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Benefits News: Fertility, Vision Gain Attention

Aetna U.S. Healthcare has done an about-face on infertility benefits, after saying it would eliminate coverage for in-vitro fertilization and several other high-tech procedures. Less than a week after its announcement--which elicited outrage from physicians and from infertile couples--the HMO said it would reinstate benefits as an option in states that do not mandate coverage.

The HMO said too many women joined it to obtain coverage, then left the program.

Meanwhile: