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Federal Legislation will remove financial barriers to the 1 in 8 diagnosed with infertility
(October 18, 2011, McLean, VA) – RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association called on the infertility community to support the Family Act of 2011 during the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) 67th Annual Meeting this week in Orlando, FL. Aptly named the Family Act of 2011, the federal bill would create a tax credit for the out-of-pocket costs associated with infertility medical treatment.
The Family Act of 2011, S 965, was introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senator Gillibrand (NY) on May 12, 2011. Senator Akaka (HI), Senator Inouye (HI), and Senator Landrieu (LA) have co-sponsored the bill.
“Patients shouldn’t have to beg, borrow, and steal to become parents, said Mark P. Trolice, MD, a Reproductive Endocrinologist at Fertility C.A.R.E. in Winter Park, FL. “Anything we can do as professionals to help people become parents is our responsibility and it’s the right thing to do.”
“The Family Act of 2011 is important to people with infertility, and RESOLVE continues to mobilize the infertility community to ask their elected officials to support this legislation,” said Barbara Collura, RESOLVE’s Executive Director. “By writing letters and meeting with their Senators and Representatives, blogging about the Family Act of 2011, submitting letters to the editors of their local papers, and keeping this important issue front and center, RESOLVE, patients, and professionals are doing everything possible to get this bill passed.”
About RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association: Established in 1974, RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association is a non-profit organization with the only established, nationwide network mandated to promote reproductive health and to ensure equal access to all family building options for men and women experiencing infertility or other reproductive disorders. One in eight U.S. couples of childbearing age is diagnosed with infertility. RESOLVE addresses this public health issue by providing community to these women and men, connecting them with others who can help, empowering them to find resolution and giving voice to their demands for access to all family building options. For more information, visit www.RESOLVE.org.