The Center for Disease Control’s National Survey of Family Growth (2011-2013) provides the following facts regarding infertility:
-1 in 8 married couples (12%) have trouble getting pregnant and suffer some form of infertility.
-Approximately 6.1% of all women under the age of 44 are infertile.
-Approximately 13.5% of all married, childless women under the age of 44 are infertile.
-Approximately 6.9 million (or 11.9%) of all women receive some form of infertility treatment in their lifetime.
Unfortunately, only 15 states have laws that mandate insurance companies to cover some level of infertility treatment. Out of those 15 states, only 8 (Arkansas, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Rhode Island) require an employer to cover the cost of infertility treatment (i.e. IVF) in their health insurance plans. As a result, the vast majority of infertility patients are self-pay.
To help alleviate the financial burden of infertility, Parental Hope will provide financial assistance to couples battling infertility through the awarding of the Parental Hope Family Grant each year.