2024 Vermont Advocacy Efforts

Active Family Building Legislation

Vermont unfortunately does not have a Fertility Insurance Law…YET. Join our Vermont Fertility Advocacy group on Facebook to stay up to date!

An act relating to health insurance and Medicaid coverage for fertility-related services (H.369)

Lead Sponsors: Rep. Mari Cordes

An act relating to health insurance and Medicaid coverage for fertility-related services (S.63)

Lead Sponsor: Sen. Ruth Hardy
Co-sponsors: Sens. Virginia Lyons, Andrew Perchlik, Kesha Ram Hinsdale, Tanya Vyhovsky, Anne Watson, and Rebecca White

 

Without insurance coverage, most Vermont residents do not have access to fertility care. The majority of Vermonters do not have fertility coverage and Insurance companies seem to regard fertility services as elective or not “medically necessary”. As a result, most households seeking fertility treatments must pay out-of-pocket to cover the medical expenses, which is impossible for many. This bill enhances fertility treatment accessibility by requiring in-state private insurance and Medicaid plans to provide coverage for fertility services, thereby bridging the gap in access to care.

Get Involved

It’s as easy as 1-2-3:

 

1. First, confirm who your legislators are and find their contact information by searching BY TOWN: https://legislature.vermont.gov/people/search/2024

Please note that you may get results for multiple legislators for your city/town, which is fine. You can feel free to write to all of the State Senators listed. For the State Representative, click on the individual districts listed, which will bring up a map of the neighborhoods/streets included within that district so you can determine YOUR Representative. When you click on each name, it opens a bio, including their email address.


2.
Email your state legislators.
Use the email template below to get started, but know that personalized messages are the most impactful!

You can email all of the legislators in one message or do one-by-one, it is up to you. Please also BCC [email protected] if possible! We love to see your advocacy messages.


3.
Reach out to us to share any feedback you receive from your state legislators’ offices.
If you have any questions or would like some assistance, email Kate at [email protected]!
Template Letter
Dear Senator [LAST NAME], Representative [LAST NAME], etc., I am writing to express my strong support for H.369, “An act relating to health insurance and Medicaid coverage for fertility-related services” and respectfully ask for your support this session. This legislation would require private health insurance plans and Vermont Medicaid to provide coverage for fertility care. Health insurance policies in Vermont should provide coverage for fertility diagnostic care, fertility treatment for fertility patients, and medically necessary fertility preservation. [Briefly describe your OWN story, with emphasis on financial/emotional implications to your family of the lack of fertility coverage.] Thank you for your consideration. Sincerely, [Your Name] [Your Home Address – if Vermont] [Your Organization – if applicable] [Phone Number and/or email address]

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