Infertility, Infertility Advocacy

The Infertility Battle Cry

March 28, 2012

Calling all women and men battling infertility (and anyone else)!

Those of us battling infertility have no doubt been dealt a bad hand by life in this area.  We struggle financially, physically and emotionally.  We need a better standard of care and better insurance.

We complain about all of these things and rightly so.

However, we now have a chance to DO something about some of these problems, so I’m challenging you all to help and make a difference for yourselves and others.  Right now, there is legislation in Congress that would provide a tax credit for IVF and we all need to work together to get this passed this year!

What is the legislation?

The Family Act ( S 965/HR 3522) was introduced in Congress in May of 2011 and would offer a tax credit on IVF, similar to the adoption tax credit.  But, since it was introduced last session, the bill has to be passed this year or the bill dies.  Now is the time!

Why is it so important?

So many couples in this country who battle infertility also battle “financial infertility” as well.  Many people are excellent candidates for IVF, but simply can’t afford it at $10-15,000 a pop.  The Family Act is an excellent vehicle to help infertility patients, specifically those that cannot afford to even access IVF, and those who may need to try another cycle but cannot due to cost.  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.

What you can do

  1. Learn more: Read more about the Family Act on RESOLVE’s website.
  2. Meet with Congress:
    1. In Washington, D.C.: Join me this year by attending Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. on April 25, 2012, sponsored by RESOLVE.   Sign up soon though as there is lots of work involved for RESOLVE to schedule your meetings with Senators and Representatives.  I would be thrilled to meet some of you in person!
    2. At home: Meet with your Senator or Congressional representative in your home state or home town.  Call the office closest to you right away to set up an appointment.  RESOLVE has lots of info on their website to help you prepare or I personally would be happy to help you.
  3. Encourage others to call/email/send letters: Encourage your family and friends to call and email their Senators and Congressional representatives asking them to co-sponsor the bill.
    1. Use these easy letter writers to send letters of support to your Senators or Representative today.
    2. Or, find your elected officials here

National Infertility Awareness Week

National Infertility Awareness Week is from April 22, 2012 – April 28, 2012 this year.  This year’s theme is “Don’t Ignore Infertility.”  Check out RESOLVE’s website for ways to get involved — you can write blog posts on this theme, post to Facebook and Twitter, share your story, attend a Walk of Hope, hold an event, etc.

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