Rockville, MD – Shady Grove Fertility (SGF) is proud to support the revisions to Maryland’s insurance laws that increase access to care for those seeking fertility treatment. Effective January 1, 2021, Maryland’s infertility insurance law no longer has a marriage requirement, and the 2-year “waiting” period has been reduced to 1 year of unprotected sexual intercourse or three attempts of artificial insemination in the course of a year.

SGF applauds RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, of whom Shady Grove Fertility is a visionary partner, for their advocacy work. The Governor and the Maryland legislature are updating the state’s insurance law—which was the first infertility insurance law in the country in 1985—to cover unmarried patients and more closely align with the guidelines of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM).

Many Marylanders have an advantage over residents of other states when it comes to infertility insurance legislation, known as the Maryland Mandate, as Maryland was the first state in the nation to enact infertility insurance legislation and was the third state that also covers fertility preservation prior to cancer treatment.

Currently, 19 states have passed laws that require health insurance coverage be offered for or actually cover an infertility diagnosis and/or fertility treatment, and ten states have fertility preservation laws for iatrogenic, or medically induced, infertility. Read more about State Fertility Insurance Laws.

Over 90 percent of SGF patients with insurance have coverage for their initial consult, and at least 70 percent have some level of coverage for testing and/or treatment. For those without adequate insurance coverage, SGF offers unique financial programs such as its Shared Risk 100% Refund Program, which guarantees patients take home a baby or receive 100% refund, and income-based Shared Help Program, among other discount programs, that aim to make treatment affordable to all.

To learn more about Maryland’s family building advocacy efforts, visit RESOLVE.

To learn more or to schedule a virtual physician consultation with an SGF physician, call 1-888-761-1967 or visit

About Shady Grove Fertility (SGF)
SGF is a leading fertility and IVF center of excellence with more than 85,000 babies born and counting. With 38 locations throughout FL, GA, MD, NY, PA, VA, D.C., and Santiago, Chile, we offer patients virtual physician consults, individualized care, accept most insurance plans, and make treatment affordable through innovative financial options, including treatment guarantees. More physicians refer their patients to SGF than any other center. Call 1-888-761-1967 or visit