National Infertility Awareness Week

It is important for everyone to share in building awareness around infertility. This week recognizes and puts back into the forefront of people’s minds (although it’s in the minds of those struggling constantly) the harsh reality of infertility. The theme this year for NIAW from RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association is “Don’t Ignore Infertility”. Chances are if it’s not you struggling with infertility, it’s your friend, a family member, co-worker…. 1 in 8  couples has trouble trying to get pregnant. Not only this week, but every week it is important to continue to build awareness around the disease that is infertility. The RESOLVE website is a great place to start for resources regarding ways to get involved. They have activities/involvement on various levels for those struggling and for those who just want to help!

http://www.resolve.org/national-infertility-awareness-week/what-you-can-do.html

 

From the archives- Insurance vs. Fertility Treatments

Recent Articles on Funding Fertility Treatments:

http://www.inforum.com/event/article/id/356172/

http://www.nwlc.org/our-blog/alternative-fertility-financing-insurance-coverage-fertility-treatment

http://www.bioedge.org/index.php/bioethics/bioethics_article/9975

Currently, there are 14 states that do reimbursement in some form or another for infertility treatments and that number will most likely dwindle over the next decade as healthcare laws change. If you happen to live in one of those 14 states, you may find over the course of your treatments, that this coverage is very partial and barely covers much of a patients expenses.

Although the description of a “patient”, coverage and limitations varies from state-to-state, below are some examples of what is/isn’t covered and what is/isn’t considered a patient:

-2 years of more of unexplained infertility, some were 5!

- Lifetime maximums at a low $15,000

-Limits pre-existing condition to 12 months

-No coverage for IVF in some of these states, some only 1 cycle of IVF

-Maximum amount of cycles limited to 4 or less

-Some states did have higher maximum lifetime payments and better coverage

Ultimately, the cost is a large issue for many trying to conceive. Infertility is a life crisis; despite this there is still little to no coverage. Not only is there a physical and emotional toll on those trying to conceive, there is a heavy financial burden. There are few alternatives to those who cannot financially afford fertility treatments.

The below link talks about different ways to finance fertility treatments.

http://blogs.reuters.com/reuters-money/2010/12/27/financing-fertility-the-high-cost-of-bringing-home-baby/