Learn about the Fertility Advocacy Day issues we will take to Congress
Our Louisiana fertility clinics, in conjunction with RESOLVE, are committed to patient care and increasing infertility awareness, especially among our lawmakers whose laws can directly impact our patients’ access to infertility treatment. As an infertility patient, we encourage you to take the time to understand the Fertility Advocacy Day issues and to be aware of federal and state legislation that can impact your and others future access to fertility treatment.
RESOLVE, the National Infertility Association, and our Louisiana fertility physicians fight for the rights of women and men who are struggling to build their families. RESOLVE especially is on the front lines – in our nation’s capital and in state capitals across the country. Whether it’s a federal law that impacts wounded veterans or a tax credit that makes adoption more affordable, Congress needs to hear from the family building community. Even more legislation is created at the state level, and that’s why RESOLVE monitors legislation in all 50 states and relies on advocates to reach out to their state legislators. Check out the federal and state legislation to see what’s happening in Washington, D.C. and in Louisiana that may help or hurt the family building community.
Fertility Advocacy Day 2020 Issues:
The Access to Infertility Treatment and Care Act S 1461 and HR 2803, will provide those who receive their healthcare through government-sponsored health plans, including TRICARE, the VA, the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program and others, to have coverage for infertility services. It also provides access to vital fertility preservation services for those, like cancer patients, who are at risk of infertility due to medical treatments such as chemotherapy and surgery.
The Women Veterans and Families Health Services Act, S 319 and HR 955, will permanently allow Veterans with a service-connected injury causing infertility to access IVF medical treatments, which the VA currently bans. Make #IVF4Vets permanent! This bill will also allow for cryopreservation and storage of gametes for active duty military, fertility counseling, improved coordination between the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs, and reproductive, adoption, and childcare assistance for veterans.
Every Child Deserves a Family Act HR 3114 and S 1791 will increase the number of foster and adoptive homes by banning discrimination against foster and adoptive parents, families of origin, and foster youth based on sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, and religion.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Awareness Month, House Resolution 146, designates September as PCOS Awareness Month and recognizes the need for more education and research on PCOS. PCOS is a life-long health condition that affects 5 to 10 million women and girls in the U.S. and is a leading cause of infertility.
The Adoption Tax Credit Refundability Act (ATC), S.1652 and H.R. 2965, advances the important public goal of encouraging adoptions, especially children with special needs. That is why Congress has supported the bipartisan ATC since 1997. The adoption tax credit needs to be made refundable so low-to moderate-income families can afford to adopt a child.