WI Building Families Act
Public policymakers, employers and insurers in Wisconsin have been slow to recognize infertility as a disease. The time to change this is NOW!. We believe that people should not have to spend their life savings, second mortgage their home, or incur thousands of dollars of/in debt to treat a disease and to fulfill a fundamental aspect of life the desire to bear children and raise a family.
Wisconsin's fertility grade is.... C
Our state does NOT current have a law covering fertility treatments and/or fertility preservation.
There are 172,307 women in Wisconsin, regardless of martial status, who have experienced physical difficulty in getting pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to live birth.
Legislation to remove barriers to ensure all Wisconsinites can achieve their dreams of becoming parents!
Infertility does not discriminate – it cuts across all socioeconomic levels, and all racial, ethnic and religious lines. Infertility impacts 1 in 8, but women of color experience infertility at even higher rates than their white counterparts. Despite these higher rates of infertility, Black women are less likely to access treatment and if they do, may wait twice as long before seeking help.
Individuals are infertile for a host of reasons: injury, wounds sustained in combat, medical condition, or treatment for other conditions such as cancer, sickle cell anemia, Type 1 diabetes, some auto-immune diseases, and more. And LBGTQ+ families/couples sadly face many layers of barriers including medical, legal, and limited access on how they can pursue a family.
The American Medical Association, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the World Health Organization recognize infertility as a disease. The American Society for Clinical Oncology has issued guidelines that all at-risk patients should be informed about fertility preservation before the start of potentially sterilizing cancer treatment.
For too many families the financial burden is the greatest challenge they must overcome to fulfill their dreams of parenthood. Infertility care is cost prohibitive for most, particularly for low- to middle-income people. Most patients pay out of pocket for fertility treatment, which can amount to well over $10,000 depending on the services received.
Currently, millions of Wisconsinites pay monthly premiums for insurance coverage, yet insurers are not required to cover the standard of care for infertility patients or cancer patients and others at risk of medically-induced infertility.
The Wisconsin Building Families Act (Senate Bill 693) recognizes infertility as a disease and will expand access and remove economic barriers to fertility treatment by requiring health plans to cover infertility treatment and fertility preservation services.
Wisconsin Legislators Who Support the Building Families Act - Senate Bill 693
Senators Roys, Agard, Erpenbach, Johnson, Larson, Pfaff, Smith and L. Taylor
Representatives Emerson, Vining, Anderson, Andraca, Baldeh, Billings, Bowen, Brostoff, Cabrera, Conley, Drake, Goyke, Hebl, Hesselbein, Hong, Neubauer, Shankland, Shelton, Sinicki, Spreitzer, Stubbs and Subeck
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