We feel that cost should never be an issue that prevents a couple who is able to love and care for a child from having that chance.
Rockville, Maryland (PRWEB) November 20, 2012
Doctors and patients at Shady Grove Fertility, the largest fertility center in the country, are contacting their U.S. Senators and Congressional Representatives to ask them to support The Family Act (Bill S 965/HR 3522). The bill will create a tax credit for the out-of-pocket costs associated with in vitro fertilization (IVF) medical treatment. It is anticipated that the bill will be voted on before the end of the year.
Shady Grove Fertility has worked closely with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association for the past year to raise awareness about The Family Act and to build support. They are joining forces again for a major awareness campaign to ensure passage of the bill. They have designated National Call-In Days from Tuesday, November 27 through Thursday, November 29 and are encouraging constituents to write letters and call their legislators about the bill.
“We feel that cost should never be an issue that prevents a couple who is able to love and care for a child from having that chance,” said Dr. Michael J. Levy, Reproductive Endocrinologist and IVF Director at Shady Grove Fertility Center. “By offering a tax credit for out of pocket expenses, more people would be able to access the fertility treatment that they need.”
About the Family Act
In May 2011, a bill to create a tax credit for the out-of-pocket costs associated with infertility medical treatment was introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) and in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressman John Lewis (GA). Aptly named the Family Act of 2011, S 965/HR 3522 will potentially help thousands of people seek medical treatment that otherwise would be out of reach for them by creating a tax credit for the out-of-pocket costs associated with in vitro fertilization (IVF) and fertility preservation after a cancer diagnosis. The IVF tax credit will be available to patients with a household income of less than $220,000, and will provide tax payers the ability to receive a credit of up to 50% of their out-of-pocket costs up to a lifetime max of $13,360. It is estimated that this tax credit will increase the number of patients accessing IVF medical treatment by 30% which may result in the birth of approximately 30,000 babies. “This is an important benefit to the nation with only 1.9 births per women and a nationwide decrease of 340,000 births in 2011 compared to 2008,” said Dr. Levy.
To create awareness, and help to raise voices in support of the Family Act, Shady Grove Fertility Center physicians have been asked to spend 30 seconds with every patient they see to discuss the Family Act; to hand their patients a postcard with information about the Family Act and how to contact information; and ask them to call their members of Congress to urge them to vote for the bill. Doctors, family members and all people who care about those who are facing infertility are being asked to respond to this urgent call to action.
“The Family Act is important to people diagnosed with infertility and those who want to preserve their fertility after being diagnosed with cancer,” added Barbara Collura, President/CEO of RESOLVE. “We are profoundly grateful to have the full support of Shady Grove Fertility and are hopeful that, with their reach to 28 physicians and 20 offices, the Family Act will be approved this year.”
Information on how to get involved in passage of The Family Act is available on RESOLVE’s website, resolve.org.
Patient inquiries and appointment requests at Shady Grove Fertility should call 888-761-1967 or visit http://www.ShadyGroveFertility.com.
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About Shady Grove Fertility Center
With more than 5,000 IVF cycles and nearly 900 donor egg cycles performed annually, Shady Grove Fertility Center is the largest and one of the most progressive fertility and IVF centers in the United States, producing pregnancy success rates that are consistently higher than the national averages. Twenty-eight reproductive endocrinologists, as well as PhD scientists, geneticists, and over 400 highly specialized staff care for the thousands of local, national and international patients who seek treatment through the center each year. Shady Grove Fertility Center conducts clinical research in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health and is part of their subspecialty training fellowship in reproductive endocrinology. In addition to participating with over 20 insurance plans, Shady Grove Fertility Center has developed a number of treatment and financial programs, such as Shared Risk 100% Refund Program, Multi-Cycle Discount Option for IVF, Shared Donor Egg, International Donor Egg, and Shared Help, to make treatment more affordable for more couples. More than 30,000 babies have been born through the assistance and expertise of Shady Grove Fertility Center during the center’s 20-year history. Shady Grove Fertility is a member of the Attain network.