Conservative estimates suggest that 1 in 7 couples will deal with infertility. Wanting a baby and being unable to conceive can feel like a devastating blow. Dr. James Douglas and the team at IVF Plano are dedicated to identifying the causes of infertility and finding the right treatment so that our patients can achieve their goals of parenthood.
The good news is that about 80 percent of couples who seek help from a fertility specialist like Dr. Douglas succeed in having a baby. Unfortunately, the costs of treatment can prevent some people from exploring this option. A new bill in Congress, the Family Act of 2011, would help to make infertility treatment more affordable. Dr. Douglas is putting his full support behind this legislation.
Currently, individuals who pursue adoption can receive a tax credit of up to $13,000 to offset their expenses. The Family Act of 2011 would provide patients with a tax credit of 50 percent of qualified infertility treatment expenses incurred during the taxable year. Covered expenses would include costs related to IVF as well as treatments to preserve fertility in advance of medical procedures like cancer treatment.
The more support this bill garners, the more likely the Family Act of 2011 is to pass when it comes up for a vote in the fall. You can help this cause by:
• Contacting your U.S. Representative’s office in favor of this bill
• Spreading the word via social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter
• Encouraging friends and family to contact their representatives
• Visit the IVF Plano Facebook page to send a letter to your representative
Though infertility can create a stumbling block on the path to parenthood, Dr. Douglas has the skills and expertise to help you have the baby you desire. Legislation like the Family Act of 2011 will help ensure that deserving couples don’t have to abandon their dreams of having their own families.