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Fair Access to Fertility Treatment Act Toolkit

A Guide to Advocating for Access to Care in New York State

We saw important progress this year on the Fair Access to Fertility Treatment Act (FAFTA) that RESOLVE helped draft that would add IVF and fertility preservation for cancer patients to NY’s current insurance law. The bill passed in the Assembly before stalling inthe Senate. We are continuing to work with our allies in the Coalition to Help Families Struggling with Infertility to pass this important bill in 2018, and we need YOU to get involved. As New York residents, your voice is the most important one! 

To keep this legislation a priority for lawmakers, we need you to keep in touch with your State Senator and Assemblymember throughout the summer and fall while they are home in their districts. We have developed letters for you to send to thank those who supported FAFTA and to let every lawmaker know we will be working to get this pro-family bill passed in 2018.

Please send these four letters to:

  1. Your Assemblymember
  2. Your State Senator
  3. Assemblywoman Simotas (FAFTA Co-Sponsor)
  4. Senator Savino (FAFTA Co-Sponsor)

While lawmakers are home in their districts for the summer and fall, it’s easy to meet with them and can make a big difference. To make it even easier, we have developed a toolkit to help you schedule and conduct your meetings, including talking points and handouts. And to provide you with additional support in advocating on behalf of FAFTA, we have created a Facebook page for you to share what you are doing and connect with others who share your passion for greater access to care in New York.  

If you believe New Yorkers deserve access to the standard of care to treat the disease of infertility and allow cancer patients to have a chance at a family, please join the “Pass the Fair Access to Fertility Treatment Act” Facebook page, send the above letters to the bill sponsors, your State Senator and Assemblymember and volunteer to meet with your lawmakers by using the tools below. And be sure to sign up for emails from your lawmakers (or check their websites) so you receive notice of town hall meetings or coffees they may be hosting that you can attend and talk with them there. 

What’s included in this toolkit: 

We need to keep the pressure on and we need to make sure we have the resources to keep our voices strong. Please donate any amount you can to help us improve access to care in New York.

  1. Instructions for setting up a meeting with your lawmakers in your district. 
  2. Talking points to use during your meetings.
  3. Handouts to bring with you to your meetings.
  4. Sample social media messages
  5. Facebook page to share your feedback and encourage others, and remember to tag your lawmakers so they see how important this issue is to you and your fellow constituents.
  6. Feedback form to share meeting details so we can follow up with the lawmaker.

Please also let us know if you are willing to share your story with the media and/or personalize an op-ed. Email us at info@resolve.org.

Questions? Contact info@resolve.org

Please check the Facebook page for additional updates to keep the pressure on in your legislative districts. And please make sure your contact information is current so we can identify in which legislative district you live or work.

Thank you for your important help to pass the Fair Access to Fertility Treatment Act!