TN Fertility Advocates is proposing fertility-friendly legislation in Tennessee, defining statewide industry standards for fertility care, and providing networking opportunities for fertility professionals and advocates in their quest to build a family.
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Infertility is a disease. And many of us cannot afford the costs of pursuing and building our families. In addition, cancer treatments can render its victims infertile while fighting the cancer. We want to make sure we offer fertility care to those who need it.
Mollie Walker and Lauren Brown met when they were five years old and instantly became friends. Their paths became intertwined again at an older age but this time it was due to their own infertility struggles. After both participated at RESOLVE's Federal Advocacy Day, they felt a deep desire to give their pain a purpose and bring awareness and change at a state level. Together, they created Tennessee Fertility Advocates and are excited and optimistic for what's to come.
Suffering in Silence: Mollie Walker’s Infertility Journey “It’s important for women to know that they shouldn’t give up and they are not alone.” She recommends that families explore fertility options that might be covered by their employers. Mollie has become an advocate for fertility coverage in the workplace.
Tennessee Fertility Advocates is a group for constituents who are advocating for fertility friendly legislation in Tennessee. We want to join our voices, our stories, our connections and our research to create change and improve family building in the state of TN.
"Providing fertility health benefits for men and women via family-building legislation affords Tennesseeans with timely and appropriate healthcare, which can optimize safe pregnancies and healthy babies. Supporting family building legislation that provides access to fertility healthcare makes that desire a reality.” -
Co-Founder Fertility Within Reach
"The desire to start a family is universal, similarly so, infertility is indiscriminate. Infertility affects all people regardless of race, religion, or creed but should not be a barrier to growing families. The mental, emotional, and physical challenges of infertility do not have be further complicated with undue financial strain; coverage for infertility services helps to realize the possibility of families. As a mother who has endured the struggle of infertility, I know first hand the value of having insurance benefits that have helped to make our family a reality, advocating for others to have access to similar benefits is our way of sharing our gratitude."
Clinical Account Executive
"At TruGreen, we strive to build benefits programming that supports the diverse needs of all of the individuals who enroll in our plan offerings. Infertility coverage is just one way we hope to support our associates as they balance their goals and dreams in both their personal and professional lives."
Director of Compensation and Benefits
Headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee
“Infertility is a serious health condition that impacts at least one in six women in the U.S. One-third of states in America have passed legislation requiring insurers to cover or offer coverage for infertility diagnosis and treatment. For Americans with infertility who live or work in states without these protections, the infertility journey is financially devastating. But it doesn't have to be this way. We call on the Tennessee State General Assembly to follow established precedent and pass legislation to ensure that Tennesseans who suffer from the disease of infertility have access to affordable medical care.”
Dr. Erica C. Kaye MD, MPH
"Parenthood is fundamental to our very existence and identity. For too many who suffer from the disease of infertility, cost is the greatest barrier to overcome to fulfill their dreams of parenthood. By providing insurance coverage for fertility treatments and fertility preservation, we can increase access so that Tennessee families can afford the medical treatments necessary to have the child that they so long for and deserve."
Chelsea Caldwell, Esq.
Assisted Reproduction Attorney
& Director of Legal Services