Co-Founder and President
Davina Fankhauser, the foremost expert on policy related to benefits for fertility treatment and preservation, advises patients and professionals how to effectively communicate with insurers, employers, and legislators to increase access to health benefits. Davina and Fertility Within Reach’s, research based, information are sought after at both patient and professional conferences.
As President of Fertility Within Reach, Davina testified before the Massachusetts Division of Insurance to advocate for MA to maintain a Benchmark Plan, (as part of the Affordable Care Act), containing IVF benefits, so regardless of state mandated benefits, IVF coverage will be provided in MA. She once again testified before the MA Division of Insurance in 2012, requesting Cryopreservation of Eggs be a required benefit for infertility. After this approval, Davina worked with clinics and created and presented Recommended Guidelines for Oocyte Cryopreservation to insurers. This treatment is now being offered to patients with medical need, as well. Davina improved awareness of Infertility when she took on top medical resources, WebMD and the Mayo Clinic, and convinced them to update their medical definition of infertility to align with that of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. She is working with US Senator Ed Markey to establish a Congressional Caucus on Infertility.
Through her work, Davina has the privilege of witnessing patients and professionals become empowered advocates and change their fate and that of others.
Davina is a member of:
American Society of Reproductive Medicine
New England Fertility Society
Society for Menstrual Cycle Research
Parents via Egg Donation, Advisory Board, Health Benefits Advisor
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center NICU Advisory Council, in Boston Massachusetts
“I thought Kitty was the most tenacious advocate I had ever known, until I met Davina.” — Governor Michael Dukakis
“I think Davina could lead a small country if she wanted to.” — Middlesex Sheriff, Massachusetts and former State Representative Peter Koutoujian
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