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Federal Tax Credit for Infertility Would Increase IVF by Thirty Percent
At a press conference held yesterday, Barbara Collura, President & CEO, RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, talked about the need for federal legislation that would increase access to infertility treatments. Introduced in 2011, and reintroduced in 2013, the Family Act, S 881/HR 1851 would provide a tax credit for 50 percent of the out of pocket costs of IVF and fertility preservation. According to an actuarial study on the impact of the Family Act, Collura says, the utilization of IVF would increase by 30 percent in the U.S if the bill was passed.
While the Family Act, modeled after the Adoption Tax Credit, would help people who may not have financial resources to do one IVF cycle, or those who don’t have funds to do a second IVF cycle when the first cycle fails, Collura acknowledges that it doesn’t help everyone. “Insurance coverage is the real solution,” she says.
According to a 2013, RESOLVE survey of more than 1600 women and men diagnosed with infertility, 46 percent have insurance coverage but their plans do not cover infertility treatments, and an additional 15 percent have plans that cover less than 25 percent of infertility treatment costs.
“Survey after survey demonstrates, and our long experience supporting patients confirms it, that the out-of-pocket costs for fertility treatments are the greatest barrier to accessing care or continuing with a course of treatment,” said Collura. “This adds a tremendous burden to an already life-altering diagnosis of infertility.”
The press conference was held during the 69th annual meeting of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, in Boston, MA. Massachusetts is one of 15 states with a mandate covering infertility treatment and unlike many other mandates, it covers IVF.