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Snap Out of that Turkey Coma: ASRM Issues a Call to Action to get the Family Act Passed!

You may regret eating that fourth helping of mashed potatoes on Thanksgiving last week, but here’s something you won’t regret!

From November 27-29th, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine is encouraging all members of the infertility community to call Congress urging them to support the Family Act and reauthorize the Adoption Tax Credit. There’s still time for you to make a difference!

The Family Act will offset the cost of in vitro fertilization (IVF) for those diagnosed with infertility and egg freezing fertility preservation for those diagnosed with a fertility-compromising medical condition like cancer. The Family Act would require 50% of the out of pocket costs associated with IVF or egg freezing to be credited to the patient with a lifetime max of $13,360.

The Adoption Tax Credit has been in place since 1997, but is due to expire on December 31, 2012. The Adoption Tax Credit would issue $13,170 per eligible child to the adoptive parents. If allowed to expire, a tax credit would be available only to the adoptive parents of a special needs child- just $6,000 per child with special needs. The tax credit for non-special needs adoptions would be eliminated.

Take Action Now! Here’s what you need to do:

  • Find the names and contact information for your members of Congress using this locator tool.
  • Introduce yourself by name, city, and state.
  • Tell your Senators and Representative what these bills mean to you and others struggling to build their families.
  • Spread the word! Tell us about it on Facebook and Twitter @fertilityauthor. Let your friends and family know that they, too, can help get the Family Act passed and the Adoption Tax Credit reauthorized.

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