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Is Your State Fertility Friendly?

Image created by RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association

Image created by RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association

When I lived in New York, my fertility treatments were covered 100 percent by my health insurance. I know how rare this is, and how lucky I was. In total, my treatments over the course of a year and a half totaled roughly $37,000.

If you asked me if I thought New York was “fertility friendly,” I’d say yes. Turns out, it was more so my employer who was fertility friendly. The state of New York earned a “B” grade from RESOLVE: The National Fertility Association, according to an informative article I found on Huffington Post.

The best states for women with infertility diagnoses? Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, and New Jersey are the only states with “A” grades — I’m feeling lucky that I now live in Massachusetts. And three states, Alaska, New Hampshire, and Wyoming all earned “F” grades.

So, how does RESOLVE determine grades?

The organization measures which states have insurance mandates that cover fertility treatments, the scope of that coverage, and the number of fertility specialists and support groups, relative to the number of women with infertility living there.

What’s most shocking to learn is that more than 25 states have a grade of “C” or worse.

Is your state fertility friendly? Check out the full map on Huffington Post. Since laws are what determine part of the data for the rankings, it’s important that local and state politicians know that people out there — like you — care about this. So if you live in a fertility unfriendly state, speak up and be heard.

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Source: Huffington Post

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