(May 2, 2017, McLean, VA) RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association applauds New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for signing into law legislation to increase fertility coverage for New Jersey families. The new law expands the current infertility insurance law in New Jersey to now include single women and women in same-sex relationships. The law also reduces the waiting period for in vitro fertilization (IVF) coverage from two years to one year for women under age 35, and from one year to 6 months for women over 35, and requires the State Health Benefits Program and School Employees Health Benefit Plan to provide this expanded insurance coverage.
The legislation was introduced by Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt and Senator Loretta Weinberg. RESOLVE advocated strongly for passage of this legislation and worked with a coalition of organizations, including medical and legal professionals, other patient advocacy organizations, and the pharmaceutical industry.
“RESOLVE thanks Governor Christie for supporting legislation that expands insurance coverage for infertility medical treatments to more New Jersey residents,” said Barbara Collura, President/CEO, RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association. “We applaud New Jersey for its inclusiveness in infertility coverage, and we continue to work with other states in an effort to expand access to infertility coverage. New Jersey serves as a model for meeting the needs of families today.”
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 has trouble conceiving or carrying a pregnancy to term. 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.