RESOLVE, the only patient advocacy group in the U.S. that fights for the rights of women and men who are infertile has seen an increasing need to bring together the community to ensure that our voices are heard. RESOLVE is greatly involved in advocating for the infertility community on both the federal and state level. Discover ways you can get involved with issues that impacts this community.
RESOLVE tracks legislation that impact the infertility community. Some of these bills are anti-family and some of the bills would help people with infertility. Click here to see the list of state legislation that we are currently tracking.
State Senate Bill 139 would require insurers to treat infertility on par with other ailments, requiring them to cover IVF treatments, and fertility preservation for cancer patients, just as they would cover practices within the standard of care for other physical illness or disease. The House Health & Development Committee passed this bill. The bill goes to the House of Representatives for a vote. Send this letter to your Representative to voice your support for adding infertility treatment coverage to Delaware’s insurance law. Tell your friends and family to do the same.
The Illinois House of Representatives passed House Bill 2617 by an overwhelming margin on 4/27/2018 and it now goes to the Senate. This bill would require insurers to cover fertility preservation for patients facing chemotherapy or other medically necessary treatment that may render them infertile. Send this letter to your State Senator to have them VOTE YES when it comes up for a vote. It takes just minutes to send this letter to let your lawmaker know you want this pro-family bill passed now.
Current Minnesota law provides a tax credit of $2,000 for stillbirths. Modifications to this tax credit are being considered by the conference committee that is negotiating a tax bill (HF4385). The Senate version of the bill denies parents who lose children to stillbirth in gestational surrogacy arrangements from receiving the tax credit. Fortunately, the House version does not similarly discriminate. It is very disturbing that a tax credit could be given to some and denied to others solely because the parents have the medical condition of infertility. Contact your state senator and state representative to express your outrage and to ask them to contact the tax committee conferees. Also call Governor Dayton’s office (651.201.3400 or 1.800.657.3717) and tell him:
(1) You oppose Article 2, Section 12 of the Senate tax bill, which denies parents who lose children to stillbirth in gestational surrogacy arrangements from receiving the tax credit for burial costs currently available to all other Minnesota parents.
(2) You support the stillbirth tax credit language Article 2, Section 11 of the House tax bill.
(3) The tax code should not discriminate against Minnesotans who suffer from infertility.
South Carolina Residents!
The Senate Judiciary Committee scheduled a last-minute vote on Tuesday and passed Senate Bill 217, a “personhood” bill that would hurt the family building community in South Carolina. The bill will now go to the full Senate for a vote, and we need you to call your Senator TODAY to stop this bill. We don’t know when the vote will be scheduled but we know that the bill sponsors are trying to rush it through, so we need to act fast.
H.R. 586, H.R. 681 and S. 231, “To provide that human life shall be deemed to begin with fertilization.”
RESOLVE opposes all Personhood initiatives and urges all Americans to oppose any anti-family legislation as it undermines access to safe and reliable infertility medical treatments. Click here to read RESOLVE’s Policy Statement on Personhood legislation, which includes a full explanation of how Personhood legislation and/or Amendments will impact people with infertility. Send a letter of opposition to your U.S. Representative and Senators right now.
Adoption Tax Credit S. 937 and H.R. 2476
The Adoption Tax Credit would extend tax benefits to more Americans, encourage adoption and increase American families’ abilities to offer homes to adoptive children. Send a letter to your U.S. Representative and Senators requesting that they support this important bill today.
Women Veterans and Families Health Services Act, S. 700 and H.R. 1681
Make #IVF4Vets a permanent program. Our advocates were successful in securing funding so that the Veterans Administration can offer IVF for wounded Vets in FY 2017 and FY 2018, but it did not lift the ban permanently. We will ask Congress to make #IVF4Vets permanent through passage of the Women Veterans and Families Health Services Act. Send a letter today to your Senators and Representative and show your support for our veterans.