Target: Sylvia M. Burwell, Secretary of Health and Human Services
Goal: Require all insurance companies operating in the United States to cover infertility treatment
Infertility is a heartbreaking health issue that as many as one in eight American couples face at some time in their lives according to the National Infertility Association, RESOLVE. Loving would-be parents tragically find themselves either unable to get pregnant or unable to carry a healthy pregnancy to term. There are a number of treatments available to these couples, but these procedures can be prohibitively expensive without the help of health insurance.
Common infertility treatments include intrauterine insemination (IUI), intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), and in vitro fertilization (IVF). A single IUI treatment can cost up to $800, and that doesn’t include any fertility drugs or medications that the patient may need to take. A round of IVF can cost up to $8,000, with an additional $3,000-5,000 in medication.
RESOLVE reports that only 15 states currently offer any sort of insurance coverage for infertility treatments, and many of these completely exclude the more expensive treatments like IVF. Arkansas has a lifetime maximum of $15,000 which would barely cover one round of IVF including mediation. Massachusetts has no limit on treatment cycles and no maximum lifetime limit. And yet the vast majority of states offer no coverage at all, leaving all of these potential mothers and fathers to fend for themselves.
Parenthood is an amazing experience that should be based on the person’s ability to care for a child, not on whether or not they can affords thousands of dollars in treatments. Call on federal regulators to require insurance companies in all 50 states to cover infertility treatment.
Dear Secretary Burwell,
Thousands of men and women in the United States suffer from the physical and psychological effects of infertility every day. Many of them are left unable to treat these problems because infertility treatments are currently covered by insurance in only 15 states. Those who choose to pursue these treatments are often left thousands of dollars in debt.
The ability to produce a child is a basic human right, and not something that should be mitigated by one’s ability to afford infertility treatments. I ask that you require all insurance companies operating in the United States–including all those that fall under the prevue of the Affordable Care Act–to provide coverage for infertility treatment.
[Your Name Here]
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