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Wisconsin law doesn’t cover infertility services, making it costly for patients struggling to conceive

Published by Wisconsin Public Radio. Read the full article.

21 states have fertility insurance coverage laws. In the Midwest, Illinois is a harbor and an outlier.

When Kathy Waligora learned she was pregnant in November 2018, she started imagining what it would be like to be a mom. But at her eight-week appointment, the nurse couldn’t find a heartbeat. Waligora was having a miscarriage.

She and her husband continued trying to get pregnant but had little luck for nearly a year after her miscarriage. Not wanting to give up on building a family, they looked to fertility treatment. But Wisconsin’s lack of insurance coverage for infertility services made the path forward complicated.

“Being stuck for four years — in this suspended reality of trying to be pregnant, trying to stay pregnant, trying to navigate expensive fertility treatments — it would be impossible not to consider what your life is like without children,” she said.

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