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Sens. Roys, Rep. Emerson: Introduce Building Families Act

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MADISON — Today, Sen. Kelda Roys (D-Madison) and Rep. Jodi Emerson (D-Eau Claire) introduced the Wisconsin Building Families Act to ensure infertility treatments are covered by insurance. This bill would provide patients facing a diagnosis of infertility with the freedom to pursue treatment options like in-vitro fertilization (IVF), that would otherwise be financially out of reach.

According to data from Resolve, a national infertility patient advocacy organization, estimates that more than 172,000 Wisconsin women are struggling with infertility, and an untold number of men do as well. There aren’t enough health care providers to meet the need for treatments, and many patients are unable to access the most effective treatments because they are unaffordable.

Sen. Kelda Roys issued the following statement:
“Every person who longs to do so should have the freedom to pursue parenthood. Infertility is a disease and it should be treated and covered just like any other diagnosis. Becoming a parent and building a family should not be a privilege reserved only for the wealthy, and patients who are diagnosed with infertility deserve medical treatment. This bill ensures reproductive freedom for families who would otherwise be unable to afford fertility treatment.

Read the full press release.