Have Your Voice Heard During NIAW: Tell Legislators about Infertility and Insurance Access
One way to help people who have been diagnosed with infertility is to let them know they aren’t alone. #InfertilityUncovered is the focus of National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW), from April 21 to 27.
RMA of Connecticut is fully engaged in this support effort and offers events and guidance for your voice to be heard, as well as sponsoring NIAW.
Infertility Uncovered -- Let's Tell Our Legislators What Family Building Means to Us
First, we invite you to attend a Fertility Advocacy Evening for Family and Friends, where we will come together for a letter-writing campaign to our representatives in Washington, D.C.
Last year, Connecticut delivered over 1,000 letters to politicians in support of infertility rights, including access to insurance. This year, we hope to bring 4,000 letters.
The party will start at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, at 761 Main Avenue, Suite 200, Norwalk, CT. Sign up and bring your family and friends.
If you can’t make this event, please sign a set of three letters, using this link. IMPORTANT: Add your first name and last initial and RMA of Connecticut at the very end as the referring advocate. Or come into any of the RMA of Connecticut offices to sign letters or pick up letters to have friends and family sign.
For Connecticut residents: You will sign letters for two U.S. Senators (Senators Richard Blumenthal and Christopher Murphy) and your one member of the House of Representatives. (Representatives John Larson -- 1st District, Joe Courtney -- 2nd District, Rosa DeLauro -- 3rd District, Jim Himes -- 4th District, Jahana Hayes -- 5th District).
We Need Affordable Fertility Treatment Coverage Now
This is what they need to hear:
- Anybody can be challenged to have a family. Infertility affects 1 in 8 families in the U.S.
- Most people struggling with infertility receive no coverage from their health insurance. This inhibits many people from being able to move forward to treatment.
- Employers should include infertility treatment in their health plans for a medical diagnosis that affects millions of Americans.
- Cancer, injury or simple genetics may be a factor in a family’s inability to conceive.
- Laws and policies still limit access to many family-building options.
- Let your representatives know about resources where they can learn more about #InfertilityUncovered and National Infertility Week.
National Infertility Awareness Week Events and Takeovers at RMA of Connecticut
There are plenty of other events, too, to help everyone get better educated about infertility and the methods to help people overcome this disease and have a baby.
An Instagram Takeover to Show our Fertility Expertise
On Tuesday, April 23, Dr. Spencer Richlin, an RMA of Connecticut board-certified reproductive endocrinologist, will take you on an Instagram tour of his daily routine. He says he is also going to reveal plans about the newest RMA of Connecticut initiative – Fertility U.
On Wednesday, April 24, the members of our Andrology and Endocrinology Laboratory will show you an insider’s view of the work this team does to help you achieve your dream of having a baby.
What Our Doctors Say About Advocating for You
The six doctors at RMA of Connecticut are passionate about helping as many people as possible. Watch this video of them sharing their views about National Infertility Awareness Week.
Get Involved in the Movement
Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) recognizes that reproductive disease (infertility) is a disease like every other -- it is a medical condition that very often can be treated. 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).
A diagnosis of infertility feels very personal. And it can be isolating – if you let it.
#InfertilityUncovered is an opportunity to talk to others who are dealing with the same issues and feelings. At the same time, you can educate our elected representatives about the scope of infertility and what they can do to help.
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.