As many people know, the cost of having a child today has become quite staggering. If, according to recent CDC statistics, you are one of the more than 7 million women in the US who have used fertility services to try and have a child, then you know how expensive and overwhelming those costs can be. When couples factor in the costs for In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), fertility medications, legal fees, screening, medical and insurance costs, surrogacy agency & gestational carrier compensation and more, it is no surprise why many couples give up on their dreams of having a child of their own.
Fortunately, there are numerous fertility clinics, surrogacy agencies, support groups and mother organizations, that are looking to restore hope for couples faced with this financial decision. And now they can add a US Senator on their side too!
In May of 2013, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand submitted Bill “S. 881: Family Act of 2013”
If passed, this bill looks to assist couples faced with this dilemma by enacting tax credits for various costs associated with infertility & IVF procedures that insurance typically does not cover.
Sadly, of the numerous bills that are introduced and sent on for committee review, only 11% make it past committee and on to the Senate for review. If you or someone you know is struggling with the ability to have their own child and is not yet ready to give up on their dream, then help them out by following the status of this bill, and message your congressman/woman and let them know you want to see this bill passed!
Read the text of S. 881: Family Act of 2013 here:
You can track the bills progress here:
And find your local Senator here to let them know you support this bill: