Hope For The Holidays

by Davina Fankhauser
President - Fertility Within Reach

Today I celebrate my birthday and Chanukah.  In a couple of weeks I will be celebrating Christmas, then Kwanza and the New Year.  All I want, hope, pray and work for is for there to be equality when it comes to creating a family.  Equality in access to health care benefits, equality in accepting all forms of loving families and equality in respecting the disease of Infertility.

Please, please, please help Fertility Within Reach accomplish our goals and fulfill our vision.  One way to help is to make a phone call or send an email TODAY.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have unveiled new health reform rules for the Essential Health Benefits under the Affordable Care Act.

The rules specify that 10 categories of benefits be included in all individual and small-group policies but leave it to each state to set its own benefit minimums. The categories include:
1.  Ambulatory services
2.  Emergency services
3.  Hospitalization
4.  Laboratory services
5.  Maternity and newborn care
6.  Mental health and substance abuse services
7.  Pediatric services
8.  Prescription drugs
9.  Preventive and wellness care and chronic disease management
10. Rehabilitative and “habilitative” services for conditions such as autism and cerebral palsy

This list has changed over the past year.  HHS did take note of comments sent in by people like you and me.  They are still listening!!!  You have 16 to 47 days (I’d trust the 16 days) to comment on the proposals before they become final.   We ask you contact HHS and request they include Infertility within the ten categories; perhaps within maternity and newborn care or chronic disease management.  Their contact information is:

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20201
Toll Free: 1-877-696-6775
Online Feedback:  http://wcdapps.hhs.gov/HHSFeedback/

Your participation is a gift that keeps on giving!  Thank you in advance because:

Dreams and wishes can come true.
The energy we put forth can come back to us.
Your actions make hope come to life!!!

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Davina Fankhauser

President - Fertility Within Reach