Frequently Asked Questions

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What's this issue all about

 
One of the greatest joys in life is having a baby.  Unfortunately, many New York families that want and try to have a baby can’t because of infertility.  Infertility is a disease that affects more than 440,000 women, and their partners, in New York.
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Why does infertility matter to me in NY

 
New York families everywhere in our state are impacted by infertility, which affects both women and men.  1 out of 8 — over 12% — of families of childbearing age cannot have a baby because of infertility.  There are likely families suffering from infertility in every community and organization in New York.
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What can be done to help families with infertility

 
The good news is that with 21st century medicines, the highest percentage ever of men and women with infertility problems can be helped to have a baby, creating many happy fulfilled families! In vitro fertilization, or IVF, is now considered the standard of care for many infertility cases.

These more effective treatments have made single births vastly more likely (and multiple births, twins, triplets less likely) and thereby help keep costs down.

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Why do families need our help

 
New York families everywhere in our state are impacted by infertility, which affects both women and men.  1 out of 8 — over 12% — of families of childbearing age cannot have a baby because of infertility.  There are likely families suffering from infertility in every community and organization in New York.
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How can I help

 
Like other diseases, we believe health insurance should cover infertility treatments because the treatments are very successful and, most of all, they help bring a new baby into a caring family.

The New York Legislature needs to be urged to help our state’s families by requiring health insurers to cover fertility medical treatments that are recommended by doctors based on the ages of the patients and the medical diagnosis. The additional cost to a health insurance policy would be very small and the need is very large.

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Can my joining the Coalition really help the cause

 
You joining with other individuals and groups from around state on the joint letter will help make the voices and needs of families heard and acted on by the Legislature. The more that groups and people speak out, the higher the chance of success of this pro-baby, pro-family health insurance coverage becoming required. There are no contributions involved-just listing your group as a member of the coalition on the attached letter to the New York Legislature.
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What does fertility preservation have to do with cancer

 
Cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation and surgery can cause infertility. Approximately 10% of all new cancer patients are diagnosed while they are still in their reproductive years – under age 45. For many of these patients, the treatment they need to save their lives might make them infertile, so they need to think about sperm banking and egg freezing in order to protect their ability to have children in the future.
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Who else supports this and is signed onto the joint letter

 
Statewide and local groups have already joined (their logos below).  All these groups have variety of other legislative issues they care about, but supporting pro-baby legislation to help couples have a baby, one of the greatest joys and happiness they can have, when they have tried and can’t, is now possible with modern treatments-the groups have added their organizations and stood up.  Note variety of groups-that’s how important helping couples have a baby is.

RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association is a non-profit, charitable organization, who works to improve the lives of women and men living with infertility.

The largest charity that comprehensively addresses young adult cancer through advocacy, research, support, outreach, awareness, mobile health and social media, the non-profit, Stupid Cancer, also supports our effort