Can You Put a Price on Family?

Do you happen to have an extra $13,000 lying around?

Under a pillow?

Maybe over there between the couch cushions?

No?

Neither do I.

But that’s roughly how much money my husband and I would need for one in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle.

One.

The majority of patients seeking infertility treatments pay for those treatments completely out of pocket. To date, only 15 states have passed laws requiring insurers to cover or offer to cover some portion of infertility treatments.

With your help, that could change.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) has introduced a bill in the U.S. Senate that would provide eligible taxpayers with a tax credit for expenses incurred during infertility medical treatment.

The S 965 bill, fittingly named the “Family Act of 2011,” would provide a tax credit for up to 50% of expenses incurred during infertility medical treatments.

S 965 now needs co-sponsors in the U.S. Senate.

If you or someone you love has been impacted by infertility, here’s how you can help:

Contact your two senators. The National Infertility Association, RESOLVE, offers an online form to make things easy for you. (If you prefer not to use the online form, you can also find information on your senators on the U.S. Senate website.)

Ask your friends and family to complete the form or write a letter to their senators.

Lastly, don’t underestimate the power of social media. Share the information about the tax credit with anyone who will listen by posting it to Facebook, tweeting about it, or writing about it on your blog.

So many couples dream of building a family. The prohibitive cost of IVF treatments shouldn’t stand in their way.

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