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ASRM Issues Call To Action for Family Act and Adoption Tax Credit
November 28, 2012
The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) issued a call to action this week for members of the infertility and medical community to help pass the Family Act (S 965 in the U.S. Senate/HR 3522 in the U.S. House of Representatives) and reauthorize the Adoption Tax Credit.
From Tuesday, November 27 through Thursday, November 29th, ASRM encourages you to call both your Senators and your Representative not only to show your support of the Family Act, but also to urge that they co-sponsor this important initiative toward affordable family building for couples diagnosed with infertility. Every call makes a difference!
The Family Act
The Family Act generates a federal tax credit to help offset the expenses of family building for those diagnosed with infertility or with a fertility-compromising medical condition, like cancer. By providing this tax credit, fertility treatment and fertility preservation will now be an option for many who were previously unable to afford IVF or egg freezing, which follows a very similar protocol to IVF.
- 50% of the out of pocket costs associated with IVF or egg freezing for fertility preservation would be refunded to the patient
- Lifetime maximum of $13,360.
- Modeled after the adoption tax credit passed in 1997 (also up for reauthorization as of December 31, 2012).
Both the Family Act and the Adoption Tax Credit are important pieces of legislation for easing the financial burden of family building.
The Adoption Tax Credit
- Initially passed in 1997
- Set to expire on December 31, 2012 (up for reauthorization)
- $13,170 per eligible child
- If allowed to expire, the tax credit for non-special needs children would be eliminated and credits for special needs children would dwindle to just $6,000 per child
What You Can Do to Help
- Locate the name and contact information of your members of Congress using this locator tool.
- Provide your name, city/town, and state. Express your concern on both bills: the Family Act and the Adoption Tax Credit, citing the ways in which these bills affect YOU and others struggling to build their families. Ask for your Representative's support.
- Stop by our Facebook page or tag @fertilityauthor on Twitter to let us know how you helped to get the Family Act passed. Spread the word to your friends and family!
The Family Act is backed by ASRM, RESOLVE, The National Infertility Association, ACOG, and numerous cancer organizations.