RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association releases state rankings of "fertility friendliness"
New York is above average, though not at the top of the class, when it comes to the availability of fertility treatments, according to a new study that has ranked all 50 states and assigned them grades based on 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. New York ranked 6 overall.
"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.
RESOLVE urges anyone thinking about starting a family or experiencing issues getting pregnant to review The Fertility Scorecard at www.RESOLVE.org and 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 emotional barriers they encounter," said Collura. One in eight couples experience fertility issues, which represents more than 7.3 million Americans.
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
New York State
State Ranking: 6
Fertility Grade: B
Number of RESOLVE support groups for people experiencing fertility issues: 18
Number of specialized fertility clinics (SART* Approved): 35
Infertile population in state: 432,944
Does state have a law requiring insurance coverage for fertility treatments, also known as an insurance mandate? YES
?Prohibits the exclusion of coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of a correctable medical condition, solely because the condition results in infertility;
?Mandate covers diagnostic tests; every policy that provides for prescription drug coverage shall also include drugs (approved by the FDA) for use in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility;
?Coverage is provided to patients 21 to 44 years old;
?Patients must be covered under their insurance policy for at least 12 months before receiving infertility coverage;
?Excludes coverage for IVF, GIFT and ZIFT; reversal of elective sterilizations; sex change procedures; cloning or experimental medical or surgical procedures;
?Employers who self-insure are exempt from the requirements of the law.
New York Consolidated Laws, Insurance, Section 3221(k)(6), Section 4303
State Laws Included in Ranking Consideration
New York Domestic Relations Law
New York Criminal Law
New York Insurance Law
Statutory Citations for State Laws Included in Ranking Consideration
N.Y. Domestic Relations Law
N.Y. Criminal Law
N.Y. Insurance Law § 3216(13); 3221
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