Hey friends! I’m interrupting my personal ramblings to talk to you about some Pro Family Legislation. Yup, it’s that time again for RESOLVE’s Federal Advocacy Day. This Thursday, June 17th, more than 500 volunteers from across the country – all 50 states – will meet with Congress to discuss the following legislative issues:
Access to Infertility Treatment and Care Act: Provides infertility treatment coverage to those who receive their healthcare through government health plans like TRICARE, the VA, or the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program. It also provides access to fertility preservation services for people like cancer patients, who risk infertility because of their medical treatments.
Veteran Families Health Services Act of 2021: Permanently allows veterans access to reproductive medical treatments like IVF and ensure that veterans’ and service members’ spouses and partners are included in eligibility rules.
Veterans Infertility Treatment Act of 2021: Makes infertility care a part of VA healthcare for enrolled veterans with infertility regardless of marital status or service-connection, and removes the ban on donated sperm, eggs or embryos.
Every Child Deserves a Family Act: Bans discrimination against foster and adoptive parents, families of origin, and foster youth, based on sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status and religion.
Adoption Tax Credit Refundability Act of 2021: Encourages adoptions, especially of children with special needs and those from foster care.
Infertility Resolution: Recognizes that infertility is a widespread problem and affirms Congressional commitment to address its causes, diagnoses, treatment, and costs.
PCOS Awareness Month Resolution: Designates September as PCOS Awareness Month and recognizes the need for more education and research on PCOS, which is the leading cause of infertility in the US.
Stephanie Tubbs Jones Uterine Fibroid Research and Education Act of 2021: Increases research funding for uterine fibroids and improves awareness and training.
Medical Research Funding, FY 2022 Appropriations: Requests funding of $1.7B for NICHD, the division of the NIH that conducts reproductive health and infertility research.
If these bills appeal to you, you can help by sending a letter to your representatives HERE. It takes about 30 seconds.
For more information on these bills or infertility legislation in your state, visit: RESOLVE: National Infertility Association