Have you, or has someone you care for, struggled with infertility? You’re not alone. In the United States, conservative estimates indicate that at least 1 in 8 couples will have trouble getting pregnant or sustaining a pregnancy. In our community, those estimates may be even higher, as endometriosis is a leading cause of infertility. Because medical treatments for infertility are rarely covered by health insurance, couples are faced with extreme financial burdens to treat infertility, and are sometimes unable to pursue the treatments they need to build their families. As a tireless bench to beltway to beside advocate and proud supporter of RESOLVE Advocacy Day, the Center for Endometriosis Care is extremely honored to have been part of the delegation to Washington, DC to meet with legislators in support of these very critical issues on behalf of our community.
As a leading cause of infertility, endometriosis is part and parcel of the scientific and programmatic steps needs to implement key actions to improve the lives of those who struggle with infertility and pregnancy loss.Infertility is a pro-family, bipartisan issue, and we are extremely honored to have met with a number of various staffers in both House and Senate to discuss the dire need for improved access to benefits and resources, not least of which include the offices of Senator Perdue, Senator Isakson (Chair of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs), Representative Price and Representative Maloney. We are very grateful for their time and the opportunity to review a critical legislative agenda which will advance support for the cause, including:
Support of the CDC National Public Health Action Plan for the Detection, Prevention & Management of Infertility, which requires bipartisan financial support;
Co-Sponsorship of S469, the Women Veterans & Other Health Services Act of 2015, which would provide increased benefits including access to reproductive technologies and adoption assistance to wounded Veterans who experience a loss of fertility related to their service to our country;
Co-sponsorship of S950, the Adoption Tax Credit Refundability Act of 2105, which puts the refundable provision back into the language of the Act so that families who need the credit the most to adopt children can receive it; and
Co-sponsorship of Representative Jeff Miller’s (Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs) newly-introduced HR2257, which would lift the ban on IVF and improve services for and access to reproductive treatments for disabled Veterans.
You can learn about all of these critical issues and more – and get involved – by supporting RESOLVE, the national infertility association. Established in 1974, RESOLVE is a non-profit organization with the only established, nationwide network mandated to promote reproductive health and ensure equal access to all family-building options for men and women experiencing infertility or other reproductive disorders. Learn more at http://www.resolve.org.
The CEC is privileged to have joined renowned powerhouse Barb Collura, President & CEO of RESOLVE and her tireless staff along with nearly 200 professionals/industry reps and patient advocates from across the entire United States in support of infertility advancements.