Infertility, Infertility Advocacy

Can you write a letter for me?

April 17, 2012

Please help me and the other 7.3 million Americans by supporting the Infertility Tax Credit (The Family Act)

I’m going to Washington, D.C. on April 25th for RESOLVE’s Advocacy Day to meet with Virginia Senators and Representatives about the infertility and adoption tax credits.  I have a big favor to ask. Would you consider writing letters in support of this and allow me to hand deliver them while I am there?  It would give me the opportunity to stop by other offices for a quick chat and show support from their own constituents.  Here are some templates and more information.

Letter to Senators – look up your senator

Dear [Decision Maker],

As someone who cares about the 7.3 million women and men with infertility, I ask for your support in co-sponsoring the Family Act of 2011, S 965. The Family Act creates a tax credit for the out-of-pocket costs associated with infertility medical treatment.

[INSERT PERSONAL NOTE HERE – tell about how infertility has affected you or someone you know]

Thank you for your support of S 965, the Family Act. And thank you for helping millions of Americans build their families.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]

Letter to Representatives – Find your representative

Dear [Decision Maker],

As someone who cares about the 7.3 million women and men with infertility, I ask for your support in co-sponsoring the Family Act of 2011, HR 3522. The Family Act creates a tax credit for the out-of-pocket costs associated with infertility medical treatment.

[INSERT PERSONAL NOTE HERE – see suggestions below]

Thank you for your support of HR 3522, the Family Act. And thank you for helping millions of Americans build their families.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]

Suggestions for personalizing your letter

  • Discuss how infertility has affected you or someone you know.
  • Infertility treatments are very effective, but very expensive.  Infertility is a disease and those suffering from it don’t have any choice in the matter.
  • While infertility is most often treatable, most infertile couples cannot obtain access to medically necessary care because of the cost burden of treatment.  The Family Act allows thousands that would otherwise not be able to access care to receive the medical treatment they need to build their family.
  • Having children is a basic life force and money shouldn’t deny access to necessary treatment for this disease.
  • There is enormous inequity in access to infertility treatment from state to state due to varying state insurance coverage requirements with only 9 states actually covering the full spectrum of care needed (mandated insurance coverage).
  • The Tax Credit helps those with cancer preserve their fertility.
  • The Tax Credit helps those who are active duty military or veterans as their insurance, TRICARE, does not cover IVF.

More Information about the Family Act

Article on my website
Family Act info on RESOLVE website

What to do with your letter

Please email me the document or PDF and I will print it.  If possible, please print it yourself, sign it, scan and then email to me.

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