National Advocacy Updates

National Infertility and Adoption Advocacy

On the National Level…

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The Family Act – Introduced in the U.S. House & Senate

May 8, 2013: RESOLVE New England and RESOLVE, The National Infertility Association applaud Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) and Congressman John Lewis (GA) for introducing a bill in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives that would provide eligible taxpayers a tax credit for the out-of-pocket expenses incurred with infertility medical treatment.

Appropriately named the Family Act, the bill, S 881/H.R. 1851, would apply to expenses related to in vitro fertilization and treatments to preserve fertility for cancer patients.

The Family Act was introduced in the Senate in May 2013 prior to RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association’s successful Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. Advocates from across the country met with their Members of Congress to advocate for the tax credit. Enthusiasm was very strong for the tax credit among the Advocates, who see the need for immediate financial relief for infertility patients.

How You Help Support the Family Act
If the Family Act were to pass, it would potentially benefit millions of eligible Americans seeking financial relief from the out-of-pocket costs of infertility treatments and procedures not covered by their health insurance. We need you to help the Family Act gain support on Capitol Hill!

Please visit the Family Act page at RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association to find out how you can help spread the word and contact your legislators to help get this bill passed. Take action today!

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Women Veterans and Other Health Care Improvement Act of 2013 Introduced in the U.S. House & Senate

May 2013: RESOLVE New England and RESOLVE, The National Infertility Association applaud Senator Patty Murray (WA) and Congressman Rick Larsen (WA) for introducing a bill in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives that would enhance VA’s fertility treatment services, along with other programs.

The Women Veterans and Other Health Care Improvement Act of 2013, the bill, S 131/H.R. 958, would enhance the reproductive treatment and care options available to veterans, to include assisted reproductive technologies.

The Women Veterans and Other Health Care Improvement Act of 2013 was introduced prior to RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association’s successful Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. Advocates from across the country met with their Members of Congress to advocate for the bill.

How You Can Help Support the Women Veterans and Other Health Care Improvement Act of 2013

If the Women Veterans and Other Health Care Improvement Act of 2013 were to pass, it would enhance treatment and care, provide fertility treatment for spouses, provide adoption assistance, childcare assistance and outreach for women veterans. We need you to help the Women Veterans and Other Health Care Improvement Act of 2013 gain support on Capitol Hill!

Please visit RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association’s dedicated page on the Women Veterans and Other Health Care Improvement Act to find out how you can help spread the word and contact your legislators to help get this bill passed. Take action today!

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Help Save the Adoption Tax Credit

Sept. 10, 2012: The Adoption Tax Credit has been a hallmark of family building legislation since 1997. On December 31, 2012, the adoption tax credit is set to expire or “sunset.” Now is the time to make a difference for thousands of Americans. Here are the top ten things you need to know about the adoption tax credit and what you can do right now to urge your legislators to renew and preserve this important legislation.

Click here to read 10 Things You Need to Know About the Adoption Tax Credit and How You Can Help Save It! at the RNE Blog.

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Family Act of 2011 Introduced in the U.S. House & Senate

Dec. 1, 2011:RESOLVE New England and RESOLVE, The National Infertility Association applaud Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) and Congressman John Lewis (GA) for introducing a bill in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives that would provide eligible taxpayers a tax credit for the out-of-pocket expenses incurred with infertility medical treatment.

Appropriately named the Family Act of 2011, the bill, S 965/H.R. 3522, would apply to expenses related to in vitro fertilization and treatments to preserve fertility for cancer patients.

The Family Act was introduced in the Senate just days in May 2011 after RESOLVE National’s successful Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. Advocates from across the country met with their Members of Congress to advocate for the tax credit. Enthusiasm was very strong for the tax credit among the Advocates, who see the need for immediate financial relief for infertility patients. The Family Act was introduced in the House of Representatives in November 2011.

How You Help Support the Family Act of 2011

If the Family Act of 2011 were to pass, it would potentially benefit millions of eligible Americans seeking financial relief from the out-of-pocket costs of infertility treatments and procedures not covered by their health insurance. We need you to help the Family Act of 2011 gain support on Capitol Hill!

Please visit the Family Act page at RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association to find out how you can help spread the word and contact your legislators to help get this bill passed. Take action today!

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Mississippi “Personhood” Initiative 26 Successfully Defeated

Nov. 9, 2011: RESOLVE New England applauds the successful defeat of Mississippi Initiative 26. This “personhood” amendment could have thrown into jeopardy the continuation and future treatment of infertility patients in the state of Mississippi. The vagary of legal protections for physicians, embryologists, and clinicians could have potentially ended the practice of IVF and other fertility treatment procedures altogether in Mississippi.

Had MS 26 passed, it would have emboldened nearly a dozen other states to pursue similar personhood legislation, whose primary objective is to ban abortion but leaves infertility patients in those states in similar peril for pursing fertility treatment. Even in the New England region, we are not immune to such legislation.

Earlier this year a bill was introduced into the Massachusetts House that proposes to amend the current adoption statute to include the following language: “A person of full age may petition the probate court for the adoption of an embryo.” While the bill is not expected to pass, it is still a sobering reminder to our professional colleagues and fertility clinics within the New England community that we must remain vigilant of personhood legislation that threatens the access to healthcare for infertility patients.

RESOLVE New England is committed to leading advocacy efforts to ensure that legislation like MS 26 does not succeed within the New England region. We are committed to remaining watchful of any proposed similar legislation within the region and will provide education and advocacy support to those who seek to join us in our efforts to oppose personhood legislation within the New England region.

RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association’s Contribution to the Effort
The over-arching role RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association played was in raising awareness that MS26 would hurt couples trying to have children. When personhood was attempted in CO, the opposition had focused on abortion and birth control. RESOLVE was the one to point out that it would also restrict or outlaw IVF. So, when personhood came to MS, we knew this would be an extremely important message in a very pro-life state. We were early members of the Mississippians4HealthyFamilies Coalition; supplied vital information on the effect of MS 26 on IVF; worked on a lot of the extremely effective grassroots involvement; provided media training and interviews; flew our Advocacy Co-chair, Renee Whitley, to Jackson, MS to speak on a legal panel; worked with fertility doctors in MS; and spread awareness throughout MS and all over the country. RESOLVE was up to their elbows daily… and are so pleased and relieved that the vote came out as described above!

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