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What You Need to Know About New York’s Fair Access to Fertility Treatment Act – FAFTA

Statue of LibertyEffective as of January 1, 2020, couples who have a medical diagnosis of infertility may be covered for the cost of up to three cycles of IVF by their large-group insurance provider. Unfortunately – the law does not mandate coverage for male couples because infertility is defined as not being able to get pregnant after 12 months of unprotected, regular sexual intercourse. We are ready to help see if you are eligible to take advantage of New York’s new fertility mandate – the Fair Access to Fertility Treatment Act – FAFTA. Millions of New Yorkers may now have insurance coverage for the cost of IVF and other fertility treatment.

Large-Group IVF Insurance Coverage

Ask your HR staff if your employer is fully- or self-insured. If self-insured, your employer can elect to cover IVF and fertility preservation. You may also be able to purchase a rider covering medication costs and other expenses.

  • Up to three cycles of IVF
  • Egg and sperm freezing for medical reasons

These large-group insurance plans must now cover the cost of egg and sperm freezing in cases where patients have been diagnosed with:

  • Sickle Cell Anemia
  • Cancer
  • Endometriosis

Common Infertility Signals

There are common signals of infertility that many women ignore. A woman’s infertility is typically signaled in a silent, erroneous belief of normality. You must pay attention to these inconvenient symptoms – they are not trivial. Today’s woman must be proactive in preserving her natural fertility by recognizing important infertility signals.

  • Irregular Periods
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Unusual Hair Growth
  • Milky Breast Discharge
  • Hot Flashes

Patient-Focused Infertility Factors

  • Age
  • Infertility diagnosis
  • History of previous pregnancies
  • History of previous miscarriages
  • Number of failed IVF cycles – fresh and frozen embryo transfers
  • Number of embryos transferred in a single cycle
  • IVF protocol recommended
  • IVF ancillary procedures used – ICSI, Assisted Hatching, In Vitro Maturation
  • Genetic Testing to select only quality embryos for transfer
  • Gender Selection

Best IVF Protocols

Difficult Patients Welcome

We don’t refuse those patients diagnosed as a difficult case. At New Hope Fertility Center, we welcome patients rejected by other fertility specialists because they are deemed to be hopelessly infertile.

  • No refusals based on a woman’s advanced maternal age
  • No refusals based on low FSH levels
  • No refusals based on the number of potential eggs (follicles) a woman can produce per fresh cycle
  • No refusals because a woman does not respond well to fertility medication

One Good Egg Policy

Customized IVF care is the best. Remember: It only takes one good egg and one healthy sperm to make a baby. Our focus is to help you produce good quality eggs during a fresh IVF cycle – not a high quantity of eggs using large doses of injectable fertility medications.

More Helpful Pregnancy Resources

It is important to work with a fertility care team having the experience required to design a customized fertility treatment plan meeting your personal needs. To schedule your initial consultation with the fertility specialists at New Hope Fertility Center – click the icon below – or call 212.969.7422.

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