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Infertility Advocacy Continues – Make Two Simple Phone Calls Today Blog Feature
Lisa Rosenthal

By: Lisa Rosenthal on May 19th, 2016

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Infertility Advocacy Continues – Make Two Simple Phone Calls Today

fertility insurance | Advocacy Day

Infertility AdvocacyBelow, you will find the press release on infertility advocacy that was written to cover Resolve’s goal and RMACT’s participation in reaching that goal.

There’s much more to do and it can be as simple as a phone call.

Infertility Advocacy – How You Can Help

Here are the phone numbers of our state senators so that you can call and leave them a message to the effect that you want them to support these bills and infertility advocacy.

Here’s the information for Senator Richard Blumenthal:
90 State House Square, Hartford, CT 06103
Phone: (860) 258-6940

Here’s the information to contact Senator Chris Murphy:
One Constitution Plaza, 7th Fl.
Hartford, Connecticut 06103
Phone: (860) 549-8463

We can continue to make a difference in how infertility is treated in this country. More next week on our congresspeople and how to help there.

For today, here’s our ask.

Would you please take 2-3 minutes and call one or both of our senators and ask them to support these bills?  The bills in the senate to reference are S469, S950, Veterans Amendment to the Senate Appropriations Mil-Con Bill.

A very short and simple explanation of these bills can be found here.

No one deserves to stand alone when it comes to infertility, especially those serving our country and who can no longer stand when they become vets.

We stand with you. Today, we ask that you stand with us.

Make the phone calls. Please.

It’s the least we can do for our veterans. ~ Lisa Rosenthal

Insurance Coverage for Infertility Treatment

RMACT Collects over 800 Letters to Tell Congress Why Insurance Coverage for Infertility Treatment is Important, Delivers Them on Capitol Hill  

Dr. Mark Leondires and Patient Advocates Carrie Van Steen, Lisa Rosenthal Participate in Fertility Advocacy Day in Washington, DC

Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT), Fairfield County’s leading fertility practice, is joining Resolve: The National Infertility Association for Advocacy Day in Washington, DC to raise awareness about infertility and the need for increased access to infertility benefits and family building resources. RMACT’s Medical Director Dr. Mark Leondires and two of its Patient Advocates, Lisa Rosenthal and Carrie Van Steen, will deliver over 800 letters written by RMACT staff, patients and their friends and family to Senators Richard Blumenthal and Christopher Murphy, as well as House Representatives John Larson, Joe Courtney, Rosa DeLauro, James Himes and Elizabeth Esty.  

A focus of this year’s Advocacy Day is to ask Congress to support legislation to allow Veterans and others in the military to obtain infertility and family building resources; to support bills to improve the Adoption Tax Credit so that more people can afford to build their family through adoption; and to work with RESOLVE to advance the goals of the National Action Plan on Infertility.

“Infertility is a medical condition that is diagnosed and has a proven medical protocol,” says Dr. Leondires, who, prior to establishing RMACT, served in the military and was at Walter Reed Army Medical Center during Gulf War I. “It is important to me that all infertility patients have access to care and this must include our wounded warriors. To be permanently wounded serving our country only to find that you cannot have access family building therapy upon healing is unacceptable. These soldiers who have sacrificed so much deserve the opportunity and support from our government to have a family. This is why it has been very meaningful for me to be on Capitol Hill for this year’s Advocacy Day.”

RMACT rallied its patients and supporters to express why insurance coverage is needed for all patients with infertility.  In 2014 the Center for Disease Control confirmed the classification of infertility as a disease. One in eight couples experiences infertility, and yet infertility insurance coverage is inconsistent from state to state and commonly limits the number of treatment cycles. At a Friends and Family event held during National Infertility Awareness Week, current and past patients signed letters and talked about their infertility experience.

“Infertility takes a toll on you personally and on a marriage,” said Jessica Thompson, an RMACT patient who moved in with her mother-in-law in order to afford fertility treatment. “This night is important to me and my husband because we want other infertility patients to have better insurance to cover the costs of starting a family.”

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.