By highlighting state-by-state disparities between access to support resources and fertility treatment, we hope to create conversations ... that will increase access to fertility treatment nationwide.
McLean, VA (PRWEB) April 22, 2013
During National Infertility Awareness Week, RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, in partnership with EMD Serono, is launching the first ever state ranking index to measure and score states’ “fertility friendliness,” called The Fertility Scorecard. The state-by-state index was created by evaluating the number of RESOLVE support groups, the legislative climate, the insurance climate and the number of accredited fertility clinics in each state.
“By highlighting state-by-state disparities between access to support resources and fertility treatment, we hope to create conversations between patients, HCPs, insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, policymakers and employers that will increase access to fertility treatment nationwide,” said Barbara Collura, President/CEO of RESOLVE. “We also hope to motivate individuals to take action to improve their state’s fertility friendliness, as there is a lot to be done in every state.”
The states ranked highest on the scorecard are Massachusetts, New Jersey, Illinois, Connecticut and Maryland, and the states that fell to the bottom of the rankings are Missouri, Kentucky, North Dakota, Louisiana and Georgia.
“We developed the scorecard not to publicly call out specific states for their lack of access to care but to bring attention to what still needs to be done in terms of improving fertility treatment access in every state,” said Collura. “Even for the states that received top grades, we need to be vigilant to ensure access remains strong, and we need to remember that insurance mandates don’t cover everyone.”
RESOLVE urges anyone thinking about starting a family or experiencing issues getting pregnant to review The Fertility Scorecard at http://www.RESOLVE.org. Through RESOLVE, you can also learn more about raising infertility awareness nationally and motivating state constituents to become fertility advocates.
“There is still a stigma associated with infertility, and we hope that by providing The Fertility Scorecard as a resource for people suffering with the disease of infertility we will help them take control of their fertility journey by becoming more educated about how to address both the financial and emotional barriers they encounter,” said Collura.
About Fertility Issues: One in eight couples experience fertility issues, which represents more than 7.3 million Americans. Fertility declines with age, which means that it may become increasingly difficult to conceive. At 30, a healthy woman has a 20% chance of getting pregnant each month if she and her partner are trying with regular, unprotected intercourse. Women under the age of 35 who have been trying to conceive for a year or more, or over the age of 35 and have been trying to conceive for six months, should visit a fertility specialist as soon as possible in order increase their fertility potential and potentially reduce the chance of frustration later on.
About The Fertility Scorecard: RESOLVE developed The Fertility Scorecard to highlight state-by-state disparities between access to support resources and fertility treatment, and to create a conversation among infertility stakeholders that will lead to increased access to fertility treatment.
The state-by-state index was created by evaluating the following weighted criteria for each state and the District of Columbia:
-- Insurance mandate climate in state
-- Legislative climate in state (current laws and legislation introduced in 2012)
-- Number of accredited fertility clinics in state relative to the state’s infertile population
-- Number of peer and professional RESOLVE support groups in state relative to the state’s infertile population
The Fertility Scorecard can be found at http://www.resolve.org/fertility-scorecard.
About RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association: Established in 1974, RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association is a non-profit organization with the only established, nationwide network mandated to promote reproductive health and to ensure equal access to all family building options for men and women experiencing infertility or other reproductive disorders. One in eight U.S. couples of childbearing age is diagnosed with infertility. RESOLVE addresses this public health issue by providing community to these women and men, connecting them with others who can help, empowering them to find resolution and giving voice to their demands for access to all family building options. For more information, visit http://www.RESOLVE.org.