The long awaited infertility tax credit bill has finally been introduced by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) in the Senate. This is huge! This could help so many couples and could make IVF affordable for some people who would’ve never had the chance otherwise. I think this bill really has a good chance of being made into law, but we all need to help make that happen. I spent the weekend writing my letters to my senators and a follow-up to my Congressman, whom I met with about this a couple of weeks ago.
What is the bill?
The Family Act (S 965) establishes a federal tax credit that will help patients battling infertility offset the costs of in-vitro fertilization, thereby making care more accessible to all people. It will be very similar to the adoption tax credit and will provide a tax credit for half of IVF-related medical expenses up to around $13,000. Read more about the bill here.
What you can do to help
- Contact your senators! It’s easy…RESOLVE has created a great web page that automates the whole process for you. You just fill in your information and it does the rest. Go here to send your letter. Or, you can write personal letters like I did if you are so inclined. I thought a more personal type letter might have more of an impact.
- Send an email/Facebook message to all of your family and friends asking them to do the same. I sent an email this weekend saying basically that I know many of my loved ones want to help us, but there hasn’t really been anything that they can do. Well, now there is and I asked them to please do this for me.