Regional Advocacy Updates

 

New England Infertility and Adoption Advocacy

In the New England Region…

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Massachusetts Infertility State Advocacy Day – June 11, 2014
A successful day thanking the legislators for the infertility insurance coverage in the state.  View a clip from the Springfield news here.
New Hampshire House Bill 217 Successfully Defeated

June 27, 2012: HB 217, an update to New Hampshire’s homicide statutes, threatened access to IVF treatments in the state of New Hampshire. It was vetoed by Governor Lynch and the veto was upheld by the New Hampshire House on June 27, 2012. Click here for our complete Advocacy Alert coverage.

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Annual Advocacy Update

Nov. 5, 2011: Watch Lee Rubin Collins, RESOLVE New England volunteer and Advocacy Co-Chair of RESOLVE, The National Infertility Association brief attendees on vital regional and national advocacy updates at our 2011 Annual Conference.

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Maine Mandate Update

Jun. 1, 2011: In March 2011, RESOLVE New England was very excited and encouraged by possible legislation led by Rep. Gary Knight (ME) that would mandate insurance coverage for infertility treatment in Maine.

Despite the best efforts of many volunteers and advocates, the bill did not move forward beyond committee. We would like to thank the more than 40 people who came out in support to the Maine State House on March 23rd, testifying publicly and sharing their truly heartfelt requests for mandated coverage. RESOLVE of New England would also like to personally thank Maine resident and volunteer Peer Support Group leader Anne Belden, whose compelling Letter to the Editor was published in the Bangor Daily News in support of the proposed legislation.

While this particular legislation may not have succeeded, we still encourage our Maine members to become involved in state advocacy efforts; please contact us for more information on how you can help.

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Massachusetts Infertility Insurance Mandate Language Updated

Nov. 10, 2010: As of today, the new language in the Mass. Mandate reads as follows:

“…Of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out the last sentence and inserting in place thereof the following 2 sentences:- For purposes of this section, ‘infertility’ shall mean the condition of an individual who is unable to conceive or produce conception during a period of 1 year if the female is age 35 or younger or during a period of 6 months if the female is over the age of 35. For purposes of meeting the criteria for infertility in this section, if a person conceives but is unable to carry that pregnancy to live birth, the period of time she attempted to conceive prior to achieving that pregnancy shall be included in the calculation of the 1 year or 6 month period, as applicable.”

Key changes from the current mandate and what this means for Massachusetts constituents:

  1. Women over 35 qualify for insurance coverage after six months of trying to conceive.
  2. Women who may experience a pregnancy loss during their attempts to conceive will not be required to “restart the clock” to qualify for insurance coverage.
  3. Infertility coverage is available to individuals without the requirement to be “presumed healthy” by the insurer.

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For their support of our advocacy efforts in 2011, RESOLVE New England would like to sincerely thank our Advocacy Partners: