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Infertility Advocacy Day 2013
a blog by Kim Griffiths, May 7, 2013
On Wednesday, May 8th, 2013, members of the infertility community will join staff and volunteers of RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association on Capitol Hill where they will address important fertility issues and legislation with Members of Congress.
It is the goal of RESOLVE and the infertility community to raise awareness and that by voicing concerns about infertility treatment costs, tax credits, and insurance, legislators will vote favorably on laws that can benefit men and women struggling to build their families with fertility treatment and adoption.
What Advocacy Day Represents
Infertility Tax Credit: The Family Act
A bill designed to create a tax credit to offset the out-of-pocket costs of IVF and fertility preservation for medical reasons (including cancer) was introduced into the US Senate and House of Representatives in 2011-2012. The idea behind the Family Act is to help men and women to afford family building treatments where they otherwise might not be able to. RESOLVE is working to re-introduce this bill for 2013, thus it will be a large part of Advocacy Day efforts.
Women Veterans and Other Health Care Improvements Act
Senator Patty Murray introduced this bill in January 2013 to urge the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide well-earned fertility treatment coverage to veterans injured in the line of duty and their partners. Previously, procedures like sperm extraction or reproductive surgeries for male veterans were covered, but the costs associated with intrauterine insemination (IUI), in vitro fertilization (IVF), or any treatment of the female partner fell on the shoulders of the couple. The new bill includes adoption assistance as well.
How to Prepare for Advocacy Day
RESOLVE trains all volunteers and Advocacy Day participants in the main concerns and concepts of infertility. They will also schedule your appointments to meet with your local representatives in Washington, D.C. Participants will receive a packet of materials including key points of the fertility issues at hand.
How to Participate in Advocacy Day from Home
Can’t make the trip to Washington, D.C. for Advocacy Day 2013? You can still work to raise awareness all year long! Whether you decide to start a peer led support group, donate or raise funds for RESOLVE, write a letter or make a call to local law makers, or organize a community, you are helping to increase infertility awareness!