Infertility, Infertility Advocacy

Family Act 2011 – The infertility tax credit bill has been introduced!

May 16, 2011

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

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  • ebc

    great job! from my experience, i would fax or email those letters though, as the congressional mail system is extremely slow due to security checks. all the staffers i’ve consistently been in contact with over the past few years for another advocacy effort have always said fax or email please or they’ll never get the letter for multiple weeks or even months! but you’re personal letter is very much a great touch! will make a big difference putting your personal story in their minds!!

  • Whitney Anderson

    Yes, good point! I actually am sending the same thing all 3 ways – mail, fax, email. I figure they’ll at least see one of them. 😉

  • WoW!!! I had no idea that this bill was even in existence! Thank you so much for posting this–I went and sent a letter to my Senators. Thank you thank you thank you!

  • C

    Very glad so many people are blogging about this. I need to write something up, too.

    Love your blog and can’t wait to follow along.

  • I will definitely be emailing my senators. Thanks for the reminder.

    Also, the recipe for zucchini lasagna looks delicious.

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