Please support the Family Act of 2011

As many of you know, fertility treatments are extremely expensive! There are medications, treatments, procedures, and testing that cost thousands upon thousands of dollars. For some couples, IVF (In-Vitro Fertilization) and other treatments are their only hope! Just one cycle of IVF can exceed $15, 000! Many states do not mandate insurance coverage. My state, Ohio, does thankfully….but we still have spent an unbelievable amount of money. I am grateful to have some coverage, however it is really lacking. Unfortunately, there are still so many couples out there struggling to pay 100% out of pocket! You can help though!

From Resolve.org — In May 2011 a bill to create a tax credit for the out-of-pocket costs associated with infertility medical treatment was introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) and in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressman John Lewis (GA). Aptly named the Family Act of 2011, S 965/HR 3522 will potentially help thousands of people seek medical treatment that otherwise would be out of reach for them. RESOLVE supports this bill and needs your help getting this bill passed and made into a law. You can find more info about the Family Act by clicking here.

Please send a letter to your Senator by clicking here. And your Representative by clicking here. It’s really quick and easy. It literally took me less than 2 minutes. The letter is already formatted for you and can be directly emailed to them!

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6 thoughts on “Please support the Family Act of 2011

  1. Out of curiosity, what do you mean by the state of Ohio mandating insurance coverage? I’m in Ohio and they only covered initial testing, once I was diagnosed with infertility, they didn’t cover a single thing, including additional testing (that was in 2008). Everything was completely out of pocket for us. Have things changed a lot since then? I know this past couple of years I was covered for recurrent pregnancy loss testing, but once we started fertility treatments again, nothing was covered.

    • It seems like it depends, which is weird and confusing. Also seems to make a difference depending on where you work especially. It’s pretty crappy 😦 This is what I found in my research for Ohio:

      (Here is the link to find out which states cover stuff: http://www.inciid.org/article.php?cat=statemandates&id=275)

      Ohio’s law requires health maintenance organizations to cover basic preventive health services, including infertility

      The Ohio Insurance Department has no written definition of infertility services, but the following general interpretation is applied to the code:

      Up to $2,000 worth of infertility services are to be covered if the couple experiences an inability to conceive purely as a result of infertility problems (unexplained infertility, for example). The $2,000 cap is not applied if another condition or medically related problem (endometriosis, for example) is involved. Experimental procedures – determined on a case-by-case basis by the Insurance Department –are not covered.

      (Ohio Revised Code Annotated, Chapter 1742).

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