The Senate passed the bill 37-10 on March 24, 2015 that gives female same-sex couples in Maryland the same health care benefits as heterosexual couples for artificial insemination. According to WJZ, “The measure would prevent health insurers from excluding benefits for outpatient expenses related to in vitro fertilization, in which the egg is fertilized outside a woman’s body and the embryo is implanted in the uterus. Under current law, insurers only have to provide the benefit for someone using a husband’s sperm. That has precluded female same-sex couples from coverage.”
The purpose is to update the state’s laws. Maryland approved same-sex marriages in 2012.