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Intel expanding and increasing fertility benefit coverage for employees

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Several tech companies have already done it but now one of the northwest's biggest employers is offering to help their employees freeze their eggs.

Intel joins companies like Apple and Facebook offering coverage for egg freezing for employees.

The idea is to give employees the option to make family planning choices at any time in their lives, and that's not the only change Intel is making.

Intel is quadrupling fertility benefit coverage. 

The company, which has nearly 18,600 employees in Oregon, is increasing coverage to $40,000 for fertility based medical services like in vitro fertilization, egg freezing and storage for embryos, sperm and cord blood. 

Intel is also removing a medical diagnosis requirement. That means conception services are available for all employees.

So why did Intel make this change?

In a blog post, Ogden Reid, Vice President in Human Resources at Intel, wrote it's due to the high cost and the low rate of success for each round of in vitro fertilization.

Reid said the change will help more families complete two full cycles of IVF or cryopreservation giving them better odds.

Another change Intel is making, they are removing the lifetime spending cap for adoptions. 

Intel is now offering employees $15,000 per, with no limit of the number.

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