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RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association: Family Act Needs Your Support
October 24, 2012
RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association introduced a call to action Tuesday at the 68th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine that would move Congress to pass the Family Act, S 965/HR 3522.
Patients, physicians, and other members of the fertility community are urged to not only show their support, but encourage our law makers to do the same. The Family Act is a federal bill which proposes a tax credit for the out-of-pocket costs associated with in vitro fertilization (IVF) for couples diagnosed with infertility and fertility preservation for cancer patients about to endure fertility compromising treatments to battle cancer.
Barbara Collura, President and CEO of RESOLVE, delivered a briefing to physicians at ASRM, “The Family Act is important to people diagnosed with infertility and those that want to preserve their fertility after being diagnosed with cancer. RESOLVE continues to mobilize doctors, patients, and the entire infertility community to ask their elected to support this legislation”. Since 1974, RESOLVE has been at the forefront of infertility awareness and advocacy initiatives.
Physicians and patients alike shared their experiences with infertility, a disease that affects 1 in 8 couples of childbearing age in the U.S. today.
Among those who spoke out in support of the Family Act was Leigh Cook, an infertility patient from San Diego, CA. She and her husband spent years trying to build their family before pursuing IVF, a costly procedure that was not covered by her insurance. For Cook, the costs were completely her out-of-pocket responsibility. “The Family Act would have been a catalyst for us to pursue the best options for our medical care much earlier in the process”, said Cook.
Arlene Morales, M.D., Medical Director for Fertility Specialists Medical Group in San Diego also voiced support of the Family Act and its efforts to decrease the financial burden of fertility treatment on behalf of the physicians in her practice.
Congressman Brian Bilbray (R-CA), representative of the 50th Congressional District in California, encouraged anyone in treatment or those who care about someone battling infertility to show their support to Congress. Bilbray, a father of three adult daughters, recounted of family friends struggling to build their families. He said: “Infertility affects more young women than people realize. According to recent statistics, it affects approximately one-in-10 women between the prime childbearing ages of 20 to 35. For many, the devastating news of infertility is followed by the shocking cost of treatment. While a tax credit cannot replace the total cost of treatment, it can provide some help to young women trying to conceive”.
Concluding the briefing, Dr. Glenn Schattman, President of SART, acknowledged the importance of the Family Act in helping countless individuals achieve their goal of parenthood. He highlighted the imperative role of physicians in helping this bill to pass. “The Family Act is an example of social good, and the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine support this bill.”
Click here to find out what you can do to support the Family Act.