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RESOLVE: THE NATIONAL INFERTILITY ASSOCIATION Applauds Senator Gillibrand for Introducing the Family Building Act

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Introduces Legislation for Those Facing Infertility

(McLean, VA, June 18, 2009) — As the leading voice for women and men facing infertility, RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association (RESOLVE) applauds U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand for spearheading the introduction of The Family Building Act (S.1258) in the U.S. Senate, legislation originally introduced in the House of Representatives by Congressman Anthony Weiner. This legislation will ensure that women and men who suffer from infertility can afford the cost of advanced high-tech treatments. Passage of this legislation will impact the 7.3 million Americans now struggling with the disease of infertility.

The legislation requires insurance carriers to provide benefits for the highly effective ART treatments such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) and Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI). In addition, the bill does not confine eligibility for coverage within a certain age range.

“RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association applauds Senator Gillibrand and Representative Weiner for their compassion in understanding the needs of women and men who desire to be parents but cannot due to the high cost of a medical diagnosis of infertility,” said Barbara Collura, Executive Director for RESOLVE. “A recent RESOLVE poll shows that the lack of insurance coverage kept 63 percent of people who suffer from infertility from seeking proper treatment.”

In addition, during RESOLVE’s Advocacy Day on June 25, family building advocates will visit their Congressional offices to encourage each legislator to support this legislation and to discuss the many vital issues important to the 1 in 8 couples fighting this disease. For more information on RESOLVE’s upcoming Advocacy Day, visit www.resolve.org/AdvocacyDay.

For more information on RESOLVE, visit RESOLVE's website at www.resolve.org. To interview an expert on the patients’ voice in infertility, contact Shawn Taylor Zelman at 703.556.7172, szelman@resolve.org.

About RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association

Founded in 1974, RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, headquartered in McLean, VA, is the oldest and largest consumer-based, nonprofit group that provides education, advocacy and compassionate support for those struggling with infertility in the United States. Each year, RESOLVE and its nationwide network of affiliates handle more than 1.5 million contacts from people seeking information and help. For more information, visit the RESOLVE website at www.resolve.org.