Our primary goal is to alleviate the financial barriers facing anyone who would like to become a parent and requires medical assistance. We plan to do this by securing comprehensive insurance coverage for fertility treatments through legislative and community efforts.
The treatments and procedures we specifically look to secure coverage for include, but are not limited to: ovulation induction, intrauterine insemination, in-vitro fertilization, in-vitro fertilization with third-party reproduction, uterine embryo lavage, embryo transfer, gamete intra-fallopian transfer, zygote intrafallopian transfer and low tubal ovum transfer.
With the passage of this legislation, we can look forward to a community where having a family is no longer cost-prohibitive, where it is not uncommon to see a gay family at school or in the park, and where the stress of sexuality and fertility are substantially reduced.
At Affordable Families, we recognize that access means many things. When we are done we want it to mean only one thing to you... easy.
The fertility industry has several challenges unique to underserved and marginalized communities.
Members of the Black community can:
Wait a year longer to receive comprehensive fertility treatment.
Experience 1/2 the IVF success rate.
Are 4x more likely to die in childbirth.
Are 2x more likely to die as infants.
Any community that has faced income affecting prejudice or Redlining is less likely to have fertility providers near them and may have challenges affording the treatments, to begin with. We work with real-world impact in mind and pledge to ensure that all communities have access to fertility treatments as well as all of the benefits offered by our policies.
When it comes to fertility, safety is a huge concern. There are so many parties to consider, so it is critical to express that we will take the medical, financial, legal, and emotional safety of everyone very seriously.
A few examples of this are:
Ensuring surrogates rights are respected and that they are not unduly influenced or put at risk.
Parents that undergo fertility treatments receive transparent information and that the complications of any kind are reduced.
Require that insurance companies are honorably following the law and that patients are not dissuaded from seeking treatment by unlawful claim denials.
The ability of gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender and all queer communities to have equal access and rights to building families is what started Affordable Families. We look forward to a reality where families of all compositions are plentiful and respected. The costs of fertility treatments and rights afforded to diverse communities under the LGBTQ+ umbrella vary, but our goal of securing equal access remains the same.
Affordable Families makes this pledge:
In recognition that LGBTQ+ individuals face substantial barriers to family building, we commit to working with equity in mind, ensuring that our language is not gendered, and that all communities are considered as we progress. We commit to not just hearing the voices of the LGBTQ+ community, but to actively engaging them in the conversation and including them within the coalitions most prominent positions.