Infertility is often a branch which attracts little interest from drug manufacturers and researchers. Couples who suffer from infertility are often at the receiving end with both physically and emotionally. Treatment of infertility is expensive and also very time consuming with a high rate of failure. Science today has brought hope for millions of coupes who have been denied the joy of parenthood. Still the challenges of assisted pregnancy are enormous.
Recently a nonprofit organization, RESOLVE which works on giving access to family building services across US has rated the quality of assisted pregnancy services across the country. The scores were determined upon a number of factors like the number of specialist’s available, insurance cover, and the number of women with fertility problem.
According to the study Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and a handful of other states got high ranks. The reasons are not difficult to guess- all the states mentioned above have defined infertility treatments as “essential health benefits” and included it in the Affordable Care Act. The worst states in terms of infertility treatment standards included New Hampshire, Alaska, and Wyoming. All the above mentioned states lack both insurance cover and proper emotional support resources. The score card also brings into sharp focus the fact that rules maybe actually denying people’s access to care.
Obamacare has included infertility care under the cover of insurance but it is still not a done deal.
Barbara Collura, president and CEO of RESOLVE, said in a press release “For the second year in a row, we are working to highlight state-by-state disparities between access to support resources and fertility treatment, in an effort to motivate people to take action to improve their state’s fertility friendliness. We developed the scorecard not to publicly call out specific states for their lack of access, but to bring attention to what still needs to be done in terms of improving access to care and support in every state.”