The issues and bills listed below are supported by RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). Staff contacts are listed where known for each bill. For more information, please contact Barbara Collura, President & CEO, RESOLVE at bcollura@resolve.org, 703.506.2011, or Becca W. O’Connor, Director of Government Affairs, ASRM, BOConnor@asrm.org, 617.270.4465.

Access to Infertility Treatment and Care Act

  • Will provide those who receive their healthcare through government-sponsored health plans, including TRICARE, the VA, the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program and others, to have coverage for infertility services.
  • Provides access to vital fertility preservation services for those, like cancer patients, who are at risk of infertility due to medical treatments such as chemotherapy and surgery.

Staff Contact for Co-Sponsorship: Sen. Booker, Kimberley Miller-Tolbert, Kimberly_Miller-Tolbert@booker.senate.gov; Rep DeLauro: Caitlin Perrucio, Cailtin.Peruccio@mail.house.gov

Veteran Families Health Services Act of 2021, S.1280/H.R. 2734

  • Will permanently allow Veterans (and applicable spouses) access to reproductive medical treatment, including IVF, which the Department of Veterans Affairs is currently offering via a temporary appropriation.
  • The legislation will eliminate current unfair restrictions for those eligible through the VA.
  • Allows for cryopreservation of gametes pre-deployment and after an injury or illness.
  • Provides for adoption assistance.

Staff Contact for Co-Sponsorship: Senator Murray, Sara_Zaheer@murray.senate.gov; Rep. Larsen, Katy.Nazaretova@mail.house.gov

Adoption Tax Credit Refundability Act of 2021, S. 1156/H.R. 3031

  • The Adoption Tax Credit (ATC) advances the important public goal of encouraging adoptions, especially of children with special needs. That is why Congress has supported the bipartisan ATC since 1997.
  • The adoption tax credit needs to be made refundable so that low-to moderate-income families can afford to adopt a child.

Staff Contact for Co-Sponsorship: Senator Casey, Doug_Hartman@help.senate.gov; Rep. Davis, jill.hunter-william@mail.house.gov

Medical Research Funding, FY 2022 Appropriations

  • We support sustained support for NIH, and specifically the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), where most research related to reproductive health and infertility is supported.
  • We request a funding level of $1.7 billion for FY 2022 for NICHD.

Infertility Resolution, H.Res. 338

  • Recognizes that infertility is a widespread problem that affects a diversity of populations.
  • Affirms congressional commitments to address infertility, including its causes, diagnoses, treatment, and costs.
  • Spearheaded by Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, and endorsed by RESOLVE, ASRM and Alliance for Fertility Preservation.

Staff Contact for Co-Sponsorship: Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Patrick.Koetzle@mail.house.gov; Rep. Dan Crenshaw, Kenneth.Depew@mail.house.gov

Every Child Deserves a Family Act

  • Will increase the number of foster and adoptive homes by banning discrimination against foster and adoptive parents, families of origin, and foster youth based on sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, and religion.
  • Will improve services for the 20% of foster youth who identify as LGBTQ.

Staff Contact for Co-Sponsorship: Senator Gillibrand, Alexandra_Lowe-Server@gillibrand.senate.gov; Rep. Davis, Jill.Hunter-Williams@mail.house.gov, and Rep. González-Colón, Ross.Dietrich@mail.house.gov

PCOS Awareness Month

  • Designates September as PCOS Awareness Month and recognizes the need for more education and research on PCOS.
  • PCOS is a life-long health condition that impacts 5 to 10 million women and girls in the U.S. and is a leading cause of infertility.

Staff Contact for Co-Sponsorship: Rep. Scott, christofer.horta@mail.house.gov, Rep. Fitzpatrick, james.longley@mail.house.gov, Sen. Warren, laura_aguilar@warren.senate.gov and Sen.Fischer, eduardo_sacasa@fischer.senate.gov

Stephanie Tubbs Jones Uterine Fibroid Research and Education Act of 2021, H.R. 2007

  • Would increase research funding for uterine fibroids, improve awareness and training, and seek to measure cost to government payers.
  • Uterine Fibroids is a medical condition that impacts 26 million individuals in the U.S. with common symptoms including infertility, pregnancy complications and loss.

Staff Contact for Co-Sponsorship: Rep. Clarke, Christopher.Cox@mail.house.gov

Veterans Infertility Treatment Act of 2021, H.R. 1957

  • Would make infertility care, including IVF, a part of VA healthcare for enrolled veterans with infertility, regardless of marital status, service-connection, or need for donated genetic material. 
  • Repeal the ban on use of donated gametes and embryos. 

Staff Contact for Co-sponsorship: Rep. Brownley, katie.greenberg@mail.house.gov