Whether or not you have insurance that covers infertility treatments, you may need to advocate to your employer for further options. Employees can reach out to their employers to encourage them to add infertility treatment coverage to existing health plans or to enhance current infertility benefits.
The approach for advocating to your employer may vary based on the size and structure of your organization. For example, in a large company with over 5,000 employees, you will likely need to submit a formal request through a human resources specialist. In contrast, in a smaller organization – with a total of 10 employees, for instance – you may be able to sit down and have a more intimate one-on-one conversation with your manager or the human resources point of contact for your employer.
Regardless of the approach, and similar to your preparations for communicating with your doctor and your insurance company, you should be prepared with the supporting details for your request when talking to your employer. Clearly explain what you are asking for and what you perceive the impacts of your request will be for you, your colleagues, and the organization as a whole.
Please use the checklist below to help prepare for communicating with your employer, regarding the reasons they should provide insurance coverage for your infertility needs.
Communicating with Your Employer (click for link to 1 page PDF checklist file for users to print).
Darren & Vanessa: Success Story
“Darren and I met at work, were married 2 years later, and immediately wanted to start a family. After 1 year of trying to conceive with no success, we realized we should talk to a doctor. When we started to research our options, we realized that our employer did not offer infertility benefits. With so many other young employees who might be experiencing the same thing, we decided to go to our HR department to advocate for coverage. We were shocked to learn the reason we didn’t have coverage, was because the company didn’t think anyone wanted it. We were so grateful we spoke up –and we found out later that our other colleagues were too. We are so blessed to now have our beautiful daughter Sasha.”
RESOURCES TO SUPPORT ALL CONVERSATIONS
When communicating with employers, insurers, and legislators, it is critical to share facts which support your argument that it is affordable for you to receive family building benefits, including the diagnosis and treatment of Infertility. Fertility Within Reach is happy to provide you with the following which provides supporting facts and sources to best prepare you:
Resources to Support all Conversations