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What's Happening with the Family Building Act in New Jersey

In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a costly fertility treatment. However, a recent bill in Congress called The Family Act may soon help people with financing infertility treatment.

What is The Family Act of 2011?

The Family Act of 2011 would create a tax credit for people undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF). Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) introduced the Act to the Senate in May 2011 as S 965, and Rep. John Lewis (GA) introduced it to the House in November 2011 as HR 3522 to help couples with the high costs associated with IVF.

Who Qualifies for The Family Act Tax Credit?

Taxpayers diagnosed with infertility and recommended IVF treatments by a licensed physician are eligible for the tax credit. The credit covers up to fifty percent of IVF expenses, with a maximum lifetime credit of $13,360. Those who qualify must also make an adjusted gross income of less than $182,500.

How Will The Family Act Impact Treatment?

Since the IVF process can cost well over $10,000, the potential tax credit could benefit many people who are financially discouraged by IVF treatments. Additionally, it is common for many couples to undergo several IVF cycles in order to have a child. Thus, The Family Act could help women receive the necessary treatments required for a successful pregnancy.

What Are NJ Fertility Clinics Doing About The Family Act?

The Reproductive Science Center of New Jersey and RESOLVE:The National Infertility Association are teaming up to discuss the specifics of the bill and ways that you can help make sure it gets passed. The meeting will be held at the Reproductive Science Center in Eatontown, NJ on September 24 at 6:00 p.m. Be sure to RSVP by phone or email.

What Are NJ Fertility Clinics Doing About IVF Affordability?

Many fertility clinics offer plans to help with costs of IVF, such as discounts on second cycles, and IVF refunds plans. Some fertility clincs offer discounted IVF treatment for patients without insurance, or whose insurance does not cover IVF.

What Can I Do To Support The Family Act?

  • Raising awareness about the Family Act is a crucial first step. Go on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and personal blogs to promote the issue with your friends and family.
  • Write a letter to the editor at your local newspaper to show your support.
  • But most importantly, be sure to urge your NJ Representative, Senator Menendez and Senator Lautenberg to co-sponsor the Family Act.

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