Infertility Advocacy Letter - What You Can Do
Infertility Advocacy - What You Can Do
Infertility can be anonymous and you can still tell the truth.
Say it loud, knowing that you have lots of people at your back. And by your side. And all around.
Infertility Advocacy Day. Dr. Spencer Richlin, from RMACT, will be down in Washington, D.C., speaking for you. For me. For all of us.
Here's what we want you to do.
Here's the letter we prepared. Print it. Send it. Make your voice heard.
This is not something that will "out" you. While you do have to sign your name, this is a private letter to a legislator, explaining your point of view and why you would like them to support reproductive health rights.
Let's stand together to ensure that no one has to go through infertility alone.
Advocacy Day Letter - Support for The Family Act and Affordable IVF
The Honorable Chris Murphy The Honorable Richard Blumenthal
United States Senate United States Senate
B40A Russell Senate Office Bldg. 702 Hart Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, DC 20510 Washington, DC 20510
Dear Senators Murphy and Blumenthal,
I write to you as a concerned patient who is struggling with how to pay for a treatment for my diagnosis of infertility. This disease affects millions of Americans and in many cases it is not covered by health insurance. As a result the cost for treatment is very high for families and individuals to pay out of pocket.
I have been working with RMA Connecticut to try and find a way to get the treatment I need and they have been a great resource. However, many families are not as lucky as I have been.
There is a solution to this crisis before Congress – The Family Act (H.R. 3522). This bill would create a tax credit for middle income families to help them defray the cost of IVF treatments. This credit, modeled after the Adoption Tax Credit, would require a 50% cost share by the patient and would be targeted to those that need it most. This narrow tailoring will make an enormous difference in the lives of so many families.
I hope you will stand with me and so many other patients in Connecticut as we face the daunting double challenge of dealing with this disease and finding a way to pay for the necessary treatment. Battling infertility is an emotional issue and experience for so many, and this legislation can help people recognize their goal of building a family.
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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.