Advocacy Group Urges Addition of IVF Coverage and Gestational Surrogacy Arrangements

(April 20, 2017, McLean, VA) – RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association applauds New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for improving the current New York State Infertility Insurance Coverage Mandate. Governor Cuomo announced today that the new language clarifies that same sex couples and single women can access the medical benefits and it will be covered by their insurance.

New York is one of only a handful of states that has laws requiring some level of insurance coverage for infertility testing and medical procedures, and New York’s current law requires insurers to cover certain fertility diagnostic tests and some medical procedures. In vitro fertilization (IVF), a widely-used assisted reproductive procedure, is not covered by insurance under the mandate.

“RESOLVE appreciates Governor Cuomo taking this first step toward increased access by broadening who can access the New York State Infertility Insurance Coverage Mandate to include same sex couples and single women,” said Barbara Collura, President/CEO, RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association.

“We now urge Governor Cuomo and the New York legislature to help all New York residents by increasing access to more family building options. The state legislature has the power to do just that by passing current legislation to finally include coverage for IVF and allow gestational surrogacy arrangements in New York.”

New York’s infertility community will discuss family building priorities with members of the New York State Legislature on April 25 during RESOLVE’s New York Advocacy Day. RESOLVE promotes access to care for all who need it, fights any attempts to restrict or eliminate that care, and provides research and data to support positive public policy for the infertility community.

One in eight U.S. couples of childbearing age is unable to get pregnant or sustain a pregnancy.

About RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association: Established in 1974, RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association is a non-profit organization with the only established, nationwide network mandated to promote reproductive health and to ensure equal access to all family building options for men and women experiencing infertility or other reproductive disorders. One in eight U.S. couples of childbearing age is diagnosed with infertility. RESOLVE addresses this public health issue by providing community to these women and men, connecting them with others who can help, empowering them to find resolution and giving voice to their demands for access to all family building options. For more information, visit www.RESOLVE.org.