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.”

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  3. Barry Barnett

    The ‘rules’ for Lamborghini access are denying me too. RESOLVE’s “score card” sounds very dishonest to the way goods and services are traded. This is why health care costs are out-of-control — because every possible cost is branded as “essential.”

    Last week, I lost my soccer game and was not “given access” to proper emotional support resources. In other words, I am griping because someone else will not pay for it and/or it is not considered ‘essential’ by my health plan.

    I also developed a procedure that will give a +5% chance of moles dissolving over the next 30 years. Treatment cost: $900,000. This is an extreme example; nevertheless, American voters and their governments have recklessly been bankrupting themselves pursuing ‘access’ to healthcare, blind to the costs and prudence.

    My roommate went into the hospital last year for a serious blood clot in his leg. Result: a week stay of testing and blood thinner medications–no ambulance. Cost: $122,000 Of course, this could be considered essential. Nevertheless, because it is considered essential, no one has the power to question the cost of the service. Everything in my life–my car, my groceries, my heating must be gauged for sensibility; otherwise, I quickly go bankrupt. However, for my health care, not I, not my family, not my doctor, not my health plan, not my government–no one is allowed to question the bill that the medical professionals charge. Not surprisingly, everyone who has a monetary interest in providing these services has no incentive to keep costs under control. Have you ever tried challenging an ambulance bill? expensive? sure. $30,000? F*** them.

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    • MIchelleBachman

      I hope you roommate doesn’t know you’re bitching about his life being saved?

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  4. rational

    Better to support adoption – makes more sense, costs much less, and we already have an excess of humans burdening the planet’s resources.

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    • sickofthepolitics

      Have you adopted? It has cost me almost 50K that includes finding a birthmom, having 2 mothers reneg after supporting them financially and paying lawyers, agencies, and court fees. Not cheaper in the least!

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    • Adam Taylor

      easier said than done.. first try to adopt someone and see how much it actually costs….

      plus – not every person is emotionally ready to adopt – everyone wants to be a mom/dad to their own kid..

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