Massachusetts Senate bill S. 485 seeks to update the current infertility mandate definitions to bring them in line with current guidelines as established by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. The infertility mandate in Mass. leads the nation in terms of its breadth and scope of infertility coverage, but its current definitions regarding miscarriage are over two decades old.
Infertility affects nearly 150,000 constituents in Mass. alone, and 7.3 million people in the United States. Updating the current language would keep women who suffer from recurrent miscarriage from getting caught in the legal loophole of coverage denial that currently exists. MA S. 485 is currently sitting in the Senate Ways and Means Committee and needs constituent action now to help it pass favorably out of committee.
Below are three ways that you can help MA S. 485 right now in just 10 minutes.
1. Share your story with the media. If you have experienced recurrent miscarriage or coverage denial because of the current definitions in the infertility mandate, please consider speaking to the media. You can contact RESOLVE of New England to find out how.
2. Share your story with legislators. Contact the members of the Senate Ways and Means Committee. A full list of all committee members can be found here online, but it’s especially important to contact committee Chairman Steven Panagiotakos. Phone calls and emails only take a few minutes to complete; Senator Panagiotakos’ contact information can be reached at 617-722-1630 and [email protected] Not sure what to write? Just copy and paste this sample letter into your email, add your own experiences and information, and fire away to the committee members.
3. Share your story with friends and family. Infertility is unfortunately a silenced disease in this country, affecting 1 out of every 8 couples in this country. By speaking up and sharing your experiences and stories with your friends and family, you may be surprised to find out how many people you know who have also silently struggled with infertility. If they are Mass. residents, encourage them to share their stories and experiences with either the media or legislators.
Remember: legislators care about real, personal stories and how legislation actually affects their constituents. Take the time to spend a few minutes crafting your story to share and just a few minutes more to send that story to the key players that matter, whether it’s the media, the committee members, or even your close friends.
So what are you waiting for? Help MA S. 485 take the next big step out of committee now!