Couples lobby for infertility treatment coverage


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The U.S. Senate is pushing ahead with a health care reform plan. The Senate Health Committee approved a $600 billion plan Wednesday that requires employed Americans to get insurance and requires employers to help pay. The bill would provide federal aid to families making less than four times the poverty level, or about $88,000 a year for a family of four.

Hoosiers are also calling for universal health care coverage, including fertility treatments. Working out the details may take a while, but there is a solution for some couples now.

Casting a net for affordable health care - that was the theme of a rally on Monument Circle this week. They're calling for access to health care for every Hoosier and at reasonable prices. They say with the recession and widespread layoffs, more people are feeling the burden of living without health coverage.

"People are starting to understand the majority of bankruptcies are related to health care debt - so even if you have insurance the insurance crisis is affecting your family's income and well being," said Allison Luthe, community organizer with Central Indiana Jobs with Justice.

"I do think it's a good time for the government, doctors, and insurance plans to collaborate together," said Nick Veter.

Across town, Nick Veter agrees it's prime time to push for health care reform, specifically when it comes to getting insurance plans to cover infertility treatments.

"With most insurance coverage it's considered an elective procedure," said Veter.

Nick Veter and his wife Stacie were told they would have to pay $12,000 out of pocket for in vitro fertilization.

"We just didn't know how we were going to do it," Veter said.

His wife discovered the Tinina Q. Cade Foundation, which offers grants to couples to cover the cost of infertility treatments. The Veters are expecting triplets this fall.

"We found out we're having girls," Veter said.

For the sake of other couples, they're hoping to see change in healthcare coverage. In the meantime, they're glad to see the Cade Foundation opening up the application process once again.

The Cade Foundation has raised over $80,000 to offer more family building grants. Applications are due September first and are now available online.