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Tell your New York Legislators that up-to-date infertility treatments need to be covered by health insurance in New York

Learn More About the Coalition

Find out more about the Coalition to Help Families Struggling Infertility and the broad range of community organizations, advocacy groups and hospitals that support the Coalition’s mission.

See Sponsors of Legislation in New York State

Find out who the sponsors and cosponsors are of the latest iteration of the Fair Access to Fertility Treatment Act (FAFTA) and see the actual proposed law.

FAIR ACCESS TO FERTILITY TREATMENT

We are poised to get the Fair Access to Fertility Treatment Act over the finish line this year in New York State. With strong support from the Assembly, Senate and the Cuomo administration, hope for New Yorkers looking to build a family is on the way.

#FAFTA is a common sense reform that requires insurance companies to cover in-vitro fertilization and other treatments for struggling families in the state. #FAFTA also clarifies in state law that infertility is a disease. It ensures coverage for fertility preservation when a medical treatment for cancer, for example, can lead to infertility. It also adds non-discrimination language to allow all eligible individuals to be covered.

Our coalition is growing every day. With your support, and the help of thousands of organizations, individuals, doctors, patients, family and friends that have gotten us this far, we are on a path for victory this year.

Why Families Need Your Help

Some families can only have a baby with modern infertility treatments

Currently, these treatments are not required to be covered by health insurance in New York
That’s why a growing coalition supports the passage of the pro-woman, pro-baby, pro-family legislation – “The Fair Access to Fertility Act” – that updates New York infertility coverage to require that insurers must cover the costs of modern, effective treatments for women who want a baby and haven’t been successful using other infertility methods. In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) coverage is often prospective parents’ only hope to a baby.

The legislation also covers women with cancer where treatment of their cancer could cause them to lose their ability to have a baby. Fertility preservation is often their only hope to have a baby.

Impact of updated New York fertility law on insurance premiums, just $.55 per month or $6.60 per member for the entire year.

“Improvements in cancer treatment have made it possible for more people to live longer, healthier lives after cancer. But many of these new therapies also carry a risk of affecting the ability to have children…In 2014, approximately 500 men and 900 women ages 18-45 began treatment for cancer at MSK. About 50% of these patients received treatment that poses a risk of infertility… Although many patients want to pursue fertility preservation, financial costs pose a significant obstacle, preventing many from accessing this technology. MSK believes that having cancer should not preclude someone from having biological children. Passage of the Fair Access to Fertility Treatment Act would enable our patients and others across New York State to have access to these important services.”
“Infertility cuts across socioeconomic levels, and all racial, ethnic and religious lines… In fact, cost is the number one barrier to seeking family building assistance, since 46% of affected people lack insurance coverage for infertility disease treatment… We urge the Legislature to pass this bill.”

Our Mission

To pass “The Fair Access To Fertility Treatment Act” to ensure everyone in New York who needs fertility preservation medical treatment has access to that treatment, and that it is covered by health insurance as a standard of care.
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Vision

The Coalition to Help Families Struggling with Infertility advocates for health insurance coverage in New York to cover infertility treatments, so the 1 in 8 New Yorkers that struggle with infertility can have access to modern, up-to-date fertility treatments and perhaps have the baby of their dreams.

Our Goals

Fight to ensure that the New York State fertility laws are reformed this year. We are working with the Assembly, Senate and Cuomo Administration on behalf of hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers and stakeholders across the state looking to build a family.

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