US reality television star Gretchen Rossi is calling for a change in the law when it comes to insurance companies financing IVF for couples who cannot afford it
The 40-year-old, who was a regular on the hit Bravo! TV show Real Housewives of Orange County from season four to eight, has long documented her fertility struggle with partner, Slade Smiley.
She recently announced she was pregnant with her first child, a daughter, and told of the emotional and financial strain it had on the couple.
Gretchen told her 753,000 Instagram followers this week marks her six months pregnancy and that her heart breaks for all those that can’t afford fertility treatment
She said: “This little girl growing inside me has given me the passion and motivation to stand up, use my platform and my voice to make some noise and try to change this.
“Infertility was diagnosed as a disease and we need to demand that our insurance companies start to cover the prohibitive costs of infertility treatments!
“We all have the opportunity to have a voice in this! So please join me and the many others that are on a mission to change legislation on this topic! Start reaching out to your local senators and asking them to pass the “Access to Infertility Treatment and Care Act that Senator Cory Booker from New Jersey initiated.”
The Access to Infertility Treatment and Care Act is a joint bill by Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro and Senator Cory Brooker and is supported by many US organisations, including RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and the National Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Association.
If given the green light, it will mean all couples and individuals who currently don’t have insurance cover through their employers will gain entitlement.
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