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How infertility insurance helps families

Whether you are a new parent, a soon-to-be empty nester or a grandparent, the desire to see your children flourish and grow will always be a part of your life. Trying to prepare your children for their future is a lifelong challenge. There is a balance of letting go. For instance, when they try to ride a bike without training wheels for the first time and pulling children back when they forget to watch for cars in a parking lot. No matter the age of your child or season of life, your role as a parent or grandparent brings its own challenges. 

Your family’s legacy

Between teaching children valuable lessons and planning for their future, it is easy to get caught up with the hopes and dreams of their future families. Many of us wonder who our child’s future partner may be. We also wonder if we may become grandparents or great-grandparents one day.

Many of us would like to leave our family a legacy to help them long into the future. By making plans now, we can help prevent financial hardships caused by unexpected medical diagnoses like infertility.  

Why choose infertility insurance?

No one knows if their child/grandchild or their future partner will be affected by infertility. Even now, there is still much that isn’t known about infertility and the causes of infertility.

What we do know is that infertility impacts 1 in 8 couples. The cost of infertility treatments is expensive. Cofertility, a blog that aims to inform and connect families dealing with infertility in a compassionate way, shares that pricing can vary from $800 for intrauterine insemination (IUI) to $8,000+ for IVF for just the basics. FertilityIQ documents how much IVF costs by city and region.   

The fact is: High costs of treatment keep families from pursuing their own children. Cofertility published a survey that found that 86% of those undergoing infertility treatment said “they have forgone a fertility treatment option recommended by their doctor…due to cost.”  

What about health insurance from your employer?

While we can’t predict who a future employer will be or even what type of healthcare insurance coverage our children will have access to, we can provide our children protection from the costs of infertility now.  

Not only that, fertility treatments are generally not included in traditional healthcare coverage. Currently only about 26% of the top 500 employers provide any type of infertility coverage. This is mainly due to the high cost of infertility treatment. 

A supplemental health policy/coverage, however, can fill the gaps and complement the health insurance your child may have in the future. It can pick up where other health coverage stops. It can give them the financial resources they need to treat infertility and pursue having their own biological children when they are ready.  

Can a supplemental health policy cover infertility?

Yes. LifeSpring Insurance Services has a Primary Infertility Assistance Policy that provides an affordable insurance solution for infertility treatments in the future. Unlike a traditional health plan, LifeSpring’s innovative policy is geared towards children and their future. By providing coverage early in life, we can offer a one-time premium around $2,000 or less for a policy that provides $50,000 worth of benefits for your child and his or her partner. The policy is designed to cover infertility treatments, providing access to all of the common treatments from IVF, IUI, medicine and storage. This way couples can pursue their own child without the crippling costs that so often compromise their hope. 

How can an insurance policy preserve my family’s legacy?

LifeSpring’s Primary Infertility Policy allows any adult to cover the premium costs for one or more children that they can use in the future. This means a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle or family friend can gift a LifeSpring policy to any Texas child. 

LifeSpring’s innovative supplemental health insurance policy, approved by the Texas Department of Insurance, was designed in the hopes of creating a future where children wouldn’t have to decide between a mortgage payment or fertility treatments. With a LifeSpring Insurance policy, you can give a gift that continues to give over time, one that will ensure that your family will have a lasting legacy. 

Your desire to protect your children is part of what makes you a great mom, dad, grandma and grandpa. Family is one of the most precious parts of life. Consider the lasting impact you can have to preserve your family’s legacy by giving a LifeSpring policy today.  Contact us if you have any questions

Why is there infertility insurance for children?

Starting a new conversation

Some people ask us why there is infertility insurance for children. The simple answer is that if you buy infertility insurance early in life, then that is when it is the most affordable for the largest amount of people. Treatments are expensive and traditional health plans often do not cover all the expenses. Infertility insurance that is purchased before an infertility diagnosis is the most affordable way to secure coverage for a future family.  Let’s take a step back and take a look at the issue.

What is infertility?

Infertility refers to couples who have not become pregnant after at least 1 year of having sex without using birth control methods. Infertility is common, affecting about 1 in 8 couples in the United States. According to a Harris Poll, one in three American parents worry their children may suffer from infertility in the future. 

How much does infertility treatment cost?

For most couples today, infertility is an unexpected expense, but it is a highly treatable diagnosis. In 85% to 90% of cases, infertility can be addressed with medical therapies such as medication or surgery. But, infertility treatments can be very expensive. One round of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) can cost $12,400 according to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine. However,that may not include the cost of medications, testing and egg storage. FertilityIQ estimates it can cost $23,000 per cycle, and that couples may need on average 2-3 IVF cycles for a successful outcome. One study estimates that the cost of a child born using IVF can cost $56,775.*

Why purchase insurance?

Insurance is a way to cover unknown and unexpected costs. By paying a premium, you are exchanging that premium for the peace of mind that comes if you should ever need the insurance. The cost of premium is affordable compared to the potential future cost of an incident (or in this case a health diagnosis for primary infertility) without the insurance. With this concept in mind, the idea of creating an insurance policy for infertility was born. The hope being that insurance could provide a way to offer people a chance at covering the cost of infertility at an affordable rate.

Will my health insurance cover infertility treatments?

If you are lucky, your traditional health insurance plan will cover an infertility diagnosis and some treatments. However, according to Mercer’s 2017 National Survey of Employer-Sponsored Health Plans, only 26% of companies with 500 employees or more offer some type of infertility coverage. For small businesses or those who self-fund, adding an infertility coverage rider is often too expensive. 

Why offer infertility policies for children instead of adults?

It may seem counterintuitive to offer infertility insurance for children, but it is less expensive to cover a condition that isn’t pre-existing. Having a deferred benefit allows time for the premiums to grow in value, and it allows us to pool risk so that coverage is both affordable and comprehensive for more people. A health insurance policy covering infertility for today’s adults, by comparison, would be much more expensive because the number of people who would apply would be much smaller and the time for the premiums to grow is too short to cover the costs. This is why many traditional health plans do not cover all the costs associated with infertility. “The fact is, public and private health plans offered by federal and state governments and private employers may never have the resources to pay $3 billion a year to cover costs associated with fertility treatments,” says LifeSpring CEO Jason Muesse. “By helping families planning ahead, we can change the way infertility treatments are insured and make them affordable.”

How can LifeSpring help future families?

For LifeSpring, our goal was to provide a solution and make infertility treatment affordable. We want the next generation of children to grow the families they desire without having to make the difficult decisions this generation is experiencing. “Our Primary Infertility Assistance Policy is the product that can change the way infertility is addressed in our country,” says Muesse, “because families won’t have to decline treatments because of finances.” Now available for Texas children, the policy can be purchased online by a parent, family member or friend, to provide 18 years worth of benefits at ages 18-35 to cover a child ages 0-13 and their future partner in the event they ever experience infertility. Learn more about the product, see the frequently asked questions, and apply for your custom quote today.

*Note: This number was obtained by taking total medical costs of $385,959,160 and dividing it by the total number of live births, 6,798 as shown in the study’s Figure 3.

What do Americans think about infertility and infertility insurance?

One in three American parents worry their children may suffer from infertility in the future*, according to a survey commissioned by LifeSpring Insurance Services and conducted online by The Harris Poll among over 2,000 U.S. adults age 18+. It asked Americans about their attitudes toward issues connected to growing a family and dealing with infertility. 

Infertility and American families

Primary infertility has caused more than a quarter of Americans/their families to seek treatment for it, and Americans are concerned about the impact and expense of treating infertility. A majority of parents say giving their children an opportunity to become parents is important: 78% of parents say it’s important to them that their children can have their own biological children one day.* 45% of parents of kids under 18 would be/would have been interested in a health insurance policy to protect their child(ren) or future children from future primary infertility.** 

Grandparenthood

Americans also place importance on becoming grandparents. Two-thirds of Americans (66%) say becoming a grandparent is an important milestone to them.  Adults ages 35-44 are more likely than their younger peers (age 18-34) and older peers (45+) to say becoming a grandparent is an important milestone to them (75% vs. 65% and 64%).  Women are more likely than men to say becoming a grandparent is an important milestone to them (69% vs. 63%). Only 30% percent of Americans think they will be seen differently or judged by their friends if they don’t have grandchildren someday, with men age 65+ more likely to feel this way than women 65+ (23% vs 11 %).**

Expense of infertility treatment

The LifeSpring infertility insurance policy is an answer to a familiar sentiment: that treating infertility costs too much.  

  • 86% of Americans say infertility treatments are too expensive for most Americans.* 
  • Most Americans think treatments should be affordable for anyone who needs it*  (84%), and women are more likely than men to feel this way (88% vs. 80%).* 

Optimism for future treatments

Americans are optimistic about future treatments for infertility. 

  • Over 7 in 10 Americans (71%) believe infertility may be cured by new medical treatments within the next 15 years.* 
  • Men age 45-54 are more likely than women age 45-54 to believe that infertility may be cured by new medical treatments within the next 15 years (79% vs. 66%).* 

Nearly 1 in 3 Americans (31%) would be/would have been interested in health insurance policy to protect their children or future children from future primary infertility.**  

What do you think?

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Survey Methods: Two surveys were conducted online within the United States by The Harris Poll on behalf of LifeSpring: *October 15 – 17, 2019 among 2,018 U.S. adults ages 18 and older among whom 1,172 are parents, and ** September 19-23, 2019 among 2,076 U.S. adults ages 18 and older among whom 819 are parents of children 18 and under. These online surveys are not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables and subgroup sample sizes, contact info@momentum-pr.com.  

Infographic with survey on American attitudes toward starting a family, becoming grandparents, infertility, and infertility insurance