NJ Gets an ‘A’ for Fertility Friendliness [AUDIO]
New Jersey is the place to be for people struggling with infertility. A new report card released by RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association gives the Garden State an A grade for fertility friendliness. Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland and Massachusetts each also received an A.
"For the second year in a row, we are working to highlight state-by-state disparities between access to support resources and fertility treatment, in an effort to motivate people to take action to improve their state's fertility friendliness," said Barbara Collura, president and CEO of RESOLVE, in a press release Monday. "We developed the scorecard not to publicly call out specific states for their lack of access, but to bring attention to what still needs to be done in terms of improving access to care and support in every state."
The report card was created by evaluating:
- Whether a state has an insurance mandate, and how impactful that mandate is;
- The number of fertility specialists in the state that practice in a SART-accredited infertility clinic, relative to the state's infertile population;
- The number of RESOLVE support groups in the state relative to the state's infertile population.
"There are a lot of very good centers in New Jersey that provide fertility assessments and treatments," said Dr. Donald Chervenak, president of the New Jersey OBGYN Society. "It also seems that insurance tends to cover more people in New Jersey than in other states."
According to the report, New Jersey has four RESOLVE support groups and 61 fertility specialists. Nearly 190,000 women in the state have experienced physical difficulty in getting pregnant and the state does have a law requiring insurance coverage for fertility treatments, also known as an insurance mandate.
"New Jersey does very well in many areas," Chervenak said. "The state has the availability of medications needed to help conceive, an advanced scientific knowledge with embryology to get the best treatments, and a better success rate when it comes to implanting embryos. New Jersey also has a very large support system for people suffering with infertility. Almost every major medical center in the state has a support group on-site."
Alaska, New Hampshire and Wyoming had the lowest scores on the fertility report card; all received an F.
To see the report card, visit www.resolve.org.