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Sen. Roys, Rep. Emerson introduce Building Families Act

MADISON — Today, Sen. Kelda Roys (D-Madison) and Rep. Jodi Emerson (D-Eau Claire) introduced the Wisconsin Building Families Act to ensure infertility treatments are covered by insurance. This bill would provide patients facing a diagnosis of infertility with the freedom to pursue treatment options like in-vitro fertilization (IVF), that would otherwise be financially out of reach.

According to data from Resolve, a national infertility patient advocacy organization, estimates that more than 172,000 Wisconsin women are struggling with infertility, and an untold number of men do as well. There aren’t enough health care providers to meet the need for treatments, and many patients are unable to access the most effective treatments because they are unaffordable.

Sen.  Kelda Roys issued the following statement:

“Every person who longs to do so should have the freedom to pursue parenthood. Infertility is a disease and it should be treated and covered just like any other diagnosis. Becoming a parent and building a family should not be a privilege reserved only for the wealthy, and patients who are diagnosed with infertility deserve medical treatment. This bill ensures reproductive freedom for families who would otherwise be unable to afford fertility treatment.

“It’s past time for Wisconsin to join the 21 states that have fertility insurance coverage laws, including our neighbor Illinois. Wisconsin must do everything we can to attract and retain young workers and families; reproductive freedom is essential to making our state a place people can live, learn, and thrive.” 

Rep. Jodi Emerson issued the following statement:

“This legislation represents a significant step forward in ensuring that individuals and families have access to the reproductive healthcare they need to build the families they desire. Fertility treatments can be emotionally and financially draining, and this bill will help alleviate the burden on those struggling with infertility. By extending coverage for these services, we are promoting inclusivity and equal access to critical healthcare options, ultimately empowering more individuals to pursue their dreams of starting a family. This is a significant and compassionate stride towards a more equitable healthcare system that truly meets the needs of all our citizens.

“I believe that this bill is a necessary measure to support families and individuals on their journey to parenthood. By lowering the financial barriers to fertility treatments, we can provide hope to those who have been struggling in silence for far too long.”

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