Happy Anniversary Fertility Within Reach! Looking back at 2011….
One year ago today Fertility Within Reach began its mission to educate and empower those seeking access to benefits necessary to build their family. As one of the co-founders, I am excited and humbled by the amazing journey we’re on. This week I’d like to take a look at FWR’s accomplishments, hearing from patients that we have helped and talking about our plans for this year.
This past year our successes included our Infertility Awareness Campaign by working with The Mayo Clinic to update their definition of Infertility to align with the definition written by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. We educated patients throughout the country to submit legislative testimony to gain access to infertility insurance benefits. We informed state and federal legislators how Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) such as IVF benefits are affordable. In addition, we coached countless patients through the insurance appeal process.
Starting with just a dream and a helping hand, our Board and more than 25 volunteers created a beautiful website as our home base, then worked to create the beginnings of an amazing toolkit for fertility patients, empowering them with solid financial and medical information. It is our honor to provide tools, strategies, supportive information and coaching to help you with your efforts. A few highlights include:
- Recommendations for talking with a fertility specialists
- Understanding insurance through guides to Employer Health Benefits and Insurance Appeals
- Outlines of fertility mandates for each state.
Advocating for health care and insurance benefits does not come easily to everyone. Through education and coaching, FWR empowers individuals to advocate on their own behalf, create a consistent understanding of the disease of Infertility, and promote reproductive health. Thank you to all of our volunteers and partners for getting this dream on the right track!
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