The bill, called “The Family Act of 2011,” the bill, S 965, would cover out-of-pocket costs associated with in vitro fertilization, including diagnostic tests, laboratory charges, professional charges, and medications.
In a “Dear Colleagues” letter, Gillibrand says, “For many couples, the cost of infertility care is prohibitive…In 2003, the average cost per live birth was close to $40,000. The lack of insurance coverage for this disease forces couples to choose between their basic right to establish a family and their future financial welfare– a choice no American should have to make.”
Gillibrand introduced the legislation last year as well. As of now it lacks a co-sponsor, and prospects for passage are unclear.
Full Gillibrand letter below: