CNY woman hopes to see infertility treatments become more accessible

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - Governor Cuomo announced plans to improve access to In Vitro Fertilization and Fertility Preservation services. 

It's part of Cuomo's 2018 Women's Agenda for New York State, and is meant to lift "barriers to insurance coverage."

Katie Tamez knows how expensive treating infertility can get. She's battling it, and has a shelf filled with medications that are costing her and her husband thousands of dollars. 

She says her insurance dropped their infertility coverage down to a lifetime maximum that anyone in treatment would use up in a month. "Once you hit $5,000 you're done. It doesn't start with the new year or anything like that. It's $5,000 once and done," she explained. 

Infertility coverage, to some degree, is mandated in New York State, but In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is not. It's a treatment option that costs thousands of dollars, causing women like Tamez to make gut-wrenching decisions in order to grow their families. 

"We're never going to reach out to anybody and say we need to borrow money, we need help, we need you to donate to us," she added.  "That just wasn't something we were comfortable doing because we're going to fight this on our own."

Governor Cuomo is directing the Department of Financial Services to look at impacts on insurance premiums, current definitions of infertility, and recommendations on how to improve. 

No word on how long that will take.

Luckily, Tamez and her husband have saved up enough to go through their first round of IVF. They're hoping to do that by the end of March. 

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