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(December 1, 2011, McLean, VA) – RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association applauds Rep. John Lewis (GA) for introducing a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would provide eligible taxpayers a tax credit for the out-of-pocket expenses associated with infertility medical treatment. Co-sponsored by Rosa L. DeLauro (CT), William Keating (MA), and Richard E. Neal (MA), the appropriately named the “Family Act of 2011,” HR 3522 would apply to expenses related to in vitro fertilization and treatments to preserve fertility for cancer patients.
“RESOLVE stands with and supports Representative Lewis and his efforts to improve the lives of people with infertility and to give hope to the millions who face this life-altering diagnosis,” said Barbara Collura, RESOLVE’s Executive Director. “We look forward to empowering our grassroots supporters from across the country who want to see this bill passed as soon as possible.”
“Infertility is far more common than people believe. In fact there are nearly 200,000 people diagnosed with infertility in Georgia alone,” said Rep. Lewis in a statement. “For too many of those people the cost of treatment will silence their dreams of having children forever. Insurance coverage is rare, so what should be a personal, intimate decision between couples is reduced to a financial calculation. Without this credit, access to all the advances of modern medicine and the ability to bear children, despite physical impediments, becomes, for average Americans, a luxury defined by the size of their wallets or the digits in their zip code. That’s not right, not fair or just. I believe that access to decent health care should be a fundamental right, not a privilege.”
The Family Act will remove barriers to care for people diagnosed with infertility. The tax credit is modeled after an existing tax credit available to taxpayers who incur adoption expenses. The House bill mirrors the Family Act, S 965, introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senator Gillibrand (NY) on May 12, 2011.
“Building our families is perhaps our greatest American value, but too many of us struggling with infertility go untreated because of financial barriers. The Family Act finally gives us hope, and we need to work together to get this bill passed,” said Laura Bailey Brown, RESOLVE advocate. “I am inspired by how RESOLVE is rallying the infertility community to write letters and meet with their Senators and Representatives, blog about the Family Act of 2011, submit letters to the editors of their local papers, and keep this important issue front and center until this bill has 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.