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Here’s who’s making infertility treatments and vitro fertilization so expensive in Wisconsin

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The process of undergoing infertility treatments is tough enough, but pair that with a massive financial price tag, and parenthood may be out of reach for many people in Wisconsin. And even though infertility is a medical problem, state legislators have allowed health insurance companies in Wisconsin to opt out of covering its treatments.
“For us, family was our priority and we had to make a choice—do we buy a new car, do we work on our house, or do we try and have children?” Rachel Hahn said.

Immediately after getting married, Rachel and Chris Hahn tried to start a family. But after two unsuccessful years, the Dunn County couple turned to doctors to figure out why they weren’t able to conceive.

The Hahns discovered Rachel had a condition called PCOS—polycystic ovary syndrome, which is one of the most common causes of female infertility. That meant they weren’t going to be able to have a baby without medical intervention. After financial and emotional considerations, they decided to move forward with infertility treatments, and later, in vitro fertilization (IVF).

“It’s an expensive choice,” Rachel said. “Everything for infertility leading up to our son—insurance covered nothing.”

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