Medical Monday - Infertility Guide to Finance, Events, First Visits and More
Medical Monday - Infertility Guide
It’s Medical Monday here on PathtoFertility. OK, sometimes Mondays are medical and sometimes they are something else depending on what is breaking in the news, feels more urgent or is on the fertility calendar.
Today, I thought I’d walk you through our website. Not our entire website which is massive, more like a stroll, I guess. I do mean massive in a good way, there’s a lot of pertinent and relevant infertility and fertility treatment information on the RMACT website and it’s easy to navigate. Today, I just want to show it off a little bit, maybe entice you to take a deeper look.
What I’m getting from patients a lot in the last several months is interest in fertility finance. What does insurance cover? More specifically, what does my insurance cover? What should I expect to pay out of pocket even with the best insurance coverage? Are there hidden costs and can I discover them first so as not to be hit with a bill unexpectedly?
Here are some links to pages that can help answer those questions.
The most basic page about your benefits: Affording Treatment and Understanding Your Benefits
We have a state mandate; it covers a lot more of us than we realize at first glance: Connecticut State Infertility Insurance Mandate
Our Opportunity Plans - RMACT has responded to your needs. Not all of us have fertility insurance coverage and that just stinks. What can make matters worse though is having costs flying all over the place. We’ve created plans that are inclusive so that you know what you are paying for and that you won’t be receiving unexpected bills. We call them Opportunity Plans: Fertility Treatment Costs
Another vital part of our RMACT website is our online calendar for fertility events, lovingly updated and tended by our own RMACT team member, Alicia McNeill. Here is where you find out what special and ongoing programs RMACT is offering. Please do check often, we are constantly creating programs that RMACT patients and the general public can attend, often free or low cost: Fertility Events
Frequently Asked Questions
Another very useful page on the RMACT website is FAQ- Frequently Asked Questions. Of course we don’t mind you calling or emailing us to ask questions. That’s what we’re here for; sometime it’s more convenient for you to simply take a look at this page. Our fertility endocrinologists and other clinicians have shared the questions that they are asked and then provided comprehensive, thoughtful and reliable answers. They can be found at this link: Frequently Asked Questions
What to Expect On A First Visit
One last page that I would like to share with you; for those of you who are new to infertility and perhaps have never had an appointment with a fertility specialist, we have a special page on what to expect on your first visit. It can really help relieve stress to know what you are walking into; just one less thing to worry about. In fact, knowing what to expect at your first appointment can even be very exciting. Your first step in creating the family that has proved to be elusive so far: Getting started and What to Expect
Best place to check for last minute cancellations or changes is our RMACT Facebook page. You do not need to “like” the page to check there. If you prefer to check elsewhere, PathtoFertility, the page you are on right now, will also list any changes to events and programs.
Hope that these links bring you an answer, an additional question, or a place to dig deeper. As always, please let me know if you have any questions.
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About Lisa Rosenthal
Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.
Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.
Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.
Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.