Does Your Insurance Cover Infertility? Sign a Letter, Tell Your Legislator that it Should
Once a year, it's all about affording infertility -- whether it's actual cost for fertility treatment cycles, the emotional pain of miscarriage, or the unknown of whether there will ever be a baby.
National Infertility Awareness Week (#NIAW) is the week we deliver the message that we want our families too. This year the message being delivered to our legislators in May is #InfertilityUncovered, which is also the theme for National Infertility Awareness Week®, founded in 1989 by RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association. National Infertility Awareness Week and is the largest public awareness campaign that addresses the public health issue of infertility.
As the public discourse around infertility is at an all-time high, we’d like to highlight the issues important to the millions of Americans struggling to build a family. Infertility does not discriminate based on sex, race, religion, age or even socio-economic status.
Let’s uncover the issues of access facing the most vulnerable members of our community — those without access to insurance coverage for infertility care or the economic means to pay out-of-pocket for treatments, third-party options or adoption.
1 in 8 Couples are Affected by the Disease of Infertility
Family building is important, in fact vital, to many of us. In fact, having our children is often described as the most important decision and action of our lives. The one single thing that makes our lives complete and full. If you feel that way about your children, that you can't even imagine your life without them, please consider how those of us who face infertility feel.
With infertility, one in eight couples are waiting and hoping for their chance to become parents and know they need medical help for their dreams to come true. Reproductive disease, treated by appropriate and effective treatments like IVF, should not have to be solved by crowdfunding or fundraising -- it should be covered by insurance.
We're asking you to help those of us who need medical help in building our families.
Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) recognizes that reproductive disease (infertility) is a disease like every other disease in that it is a medical condition that very often can be treated so that we can have our beloved children. It is a disease recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO), The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), The American Medical Association (AMA), the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM).
It is a disease that affects one in every eight couples, a significant statistic.
How You Can Help Build Families - Sign 1 Letter
We need your help. Free, we don't need your money. We need your signatures. We need you to add your voice that our families are important, including the babies we don't have yet.
Our goal is 4,000 letters. At this moment, we have 120. That leaves 3,880 to go. More than manageable, right?
Whether you help by signing one letter or by asking your friends and family to pitch in and get 300+ letters signed, please help so we can tell our legislators that we care about infertility and family building. We will deliver your letters and your message to our legislators in person in Washington DC and make sure that they understand the overwhelming pain and despair that infertility can bring, especially when insurance coverage is unavailable or denied.
Take Action Today and Sign a Constituent Letter
RESOLVE has made this so easy. All you need to do is sign this electronic letter and then, please share the information with your friends and family. It's important that you and anyone you've asked to sign, fill in the field that states "Referring Advocate" with Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut.
Thank you in advance for your help.
And thanks to all of you who joined us on Thursday night, April 25th, for our Family & Friends Advocacy Night. We appreciate every single one of you!
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.