Last week, the American Medical Association (AMA) voted to support insurance coverage for fertility preservation for cancer patients and began its campaign on this issue. As one of the nation’s most influential medical advocacy organizations, the AMA will begin to highlight the fact that cancer patients should have greater access to fertility preservation. The AMA serves as a champion for these patients who would otherwise be a voiceless population in the conversation around affordable fertility preservation.
Despite the recent major technological advances in fertility preservation, the challenge is communication to cancer patients and the broader medical community to educate them about egg and sperm preservation as a viable option. As we all know fertility treatment of any kind is expensive. Therefore, the AMA’s decision to recognize not just the technological developments that make fertility preservation feasible for cancer patients, but also beginning the conversation to address costs and different payment options, is a significant step forward for cancer patients who are unsure of their fertility future. This vote signals the AMA’s recognition that while many cancer patients are informed of their options for fertility treatments, many cannot afford treatment at a time when treatment is required. As part of the solution, cancer patients may find new hope for the future as the AMA will work to influence policy and to advocate for our patients to seek payment coverage on their behalf.
As one of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) representatives for the AMA, I have worked with other advisory board members to endorse fertility preservation for cancer patients and offer recommendations for making this vision a reality. I am very pleased to be a part of this effort and eager to see the impacts that our work will make in the lives of everyday Americans.
At Shady Grove Fertility we offer a variety of financial assistance programs but sometimes those don’t address the rapid pace of technology, especially in the area of fertility preservation. Recently, doctors and staff have hosted informal focus groups to answer fertility preservation questions face to face. With the AMA’s support for new coverage options for cancer patients we look forward to working with more patients and helping them realize their dreams of parenthood.
If you would like to learn more about your fertility options, please speak with one of our New Patient Liaisons by calling 877-971-7755 or schedule an appointment.