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Long Island IVF Joins Lobbying Efforts for Mandated IVF Coverage in New York State

By Daniel Kenigsberg,MD

June 7th, 2017 at 10:10 am

 

Dr. Daniel Kenigsberg, Co-Founder Long Island IVF

 

I am lobbying for passage of Senate Bill S3248, a bill sponsored by Sen. Diane Savino of Staten Island, N.Y. which would mandate In-Vitro Fertilization (“IVF”) coverage in New York State –just as it is in neighboring states including Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

Our patients and other New Yorkers struggling with the significant emotional and financial burdens of infertility are under the impression that they live in a progressive state, but little do most know how poorly served they are by existing New York law.

Currently, the law mandates coverage for “correctable” medical conditions causing Infertility–but specifically EXCLUDES coverage for IVF. This has resulted in much emotional and financial cost spent on inferior or inappropriate treatments which ARE covered when, for over 50% of infertile couples, IVF was the best or only treatment.

IVF is far safer in terms of reducing multiple pregnancy risk than less successful and often inferior treatments like ovulation induction and intrauterine insemination (IUI). There has been waste and needless sacrifice for insured couples denied IVF.

Further, not covering IVF treatment has a disproportionate effect on women (name one male treatment not covered by medical insurance). In Massachusetts, 5% of births result from IVF. In New York, it’s 1.5%. That is how dramatic the current arcane New York law hurts the population it is supposed to protect.

You can help right this wrong. And it won’t take more than 5 minutes of your time.

Call, write and email your state senator. You can find your senator here. Please note that mine is John Flanagan of Smithtown, Senate Majority Leader.

Also, contact Senator Savino of Staten Island because it is her bill to push and prioritize (or not). You can contact her here.

If you are currently suffering from infertility, it can be an overwhelmingly difficult time, but if you have a moment to reach out to your senator and Senator Savino, and any other local representatives, the combined effect of all of our voices can make a big difference. Or if your infertility journey has already been resolved, please reach out as well for the benefit of all that are now– and will someday be– following in your footsteps. And please share this with your family and friends so they may do the same. Thank you.

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Long Island IVF Supports RESOLVE’s Advocacy Day 2013

By Tracey Minella

April 7th, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Long Island IVF’s Town Hall Event at our Melville office last December brought community members and experts together to discuss the then-pending Family Act legislation and how we could all band together and advocate for its passage.

The Family Act, modeled after the existing Adoption Tax Credit, sought to provide a tax credit to infertile couples of up to almost $14,000 to help off-set the cost of infertility treatment for IVF or to alleviate the financial burden of fertility preservation treatment for cancer patients.

Timing may not be everything, but it is certainly important. And in the midst of the frantic “fiscal cliff” political crisis, the timing of the Family Act vote could have been better. It did not pass in that session, but the movement behind it is not dead.

We’ve never been so close to getting mandated financial help from the government in the form of a tax credit for IVF. But the movement needs you…especially since there is an “opposing force” in the political arena known as the Personhood Amendment that threatens not only to block that financial relief, but to affect the very legality of IVF as it’s practiced today.

So what can you do to help? Well, now more than ever, RESOLVE, the National Infertility Organization, needs your help.

Your presence is needed in Washington, D.C. at Advocacy Day 2013 on May 8, 2013.

If you register early enough, RESOLVE will help coordinate appointments for you with your elected officials. No need to be nervous! RESOLVE has everything you need to make this a smooth yet exciting experience. You just speak from your heart. You can be the face of infertility to your senators and representatives.

Imagine how empowered and proud you will feel ascending those majestic steps, walking those halls, and having your voice literally be heard. Be part of the political process. Take photos with politicians (and share them). Meet tons of other women who are coming from all over the country to be part of this historic day, and forge new and lasting friendships. Have a story to someday share with your child about the day you went to Washington to shake things up.

Imagine the difference you could make. Imagine the impact your involvement could have on your own infertility journey or that of your children and grandchildren. Bring your friends and family. Make a special memory. All or part of your trip may even be tax deductible*.

Please consider being part of this annual event if you possibly can do it. Sign up or check out the details, including everything you need to make hassle-free travel and hotel arrangements and fundraise to finance your trip, right here: http://bit.ly/10Ia3cJ

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Are you going to Advocacy Day on May 8, 2013? If so, let us know!

 

*For information on tax deductibility, see RESOLVE’s site, check the IRS website, or ask your accountant.

Photo credit: http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/images/agree-terms.php?id=10021916

 

 

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