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6/30/2009 4:46 PM
Snowie - I just signed the petition. I believe we should not be penalized because of infertility. It should be covered under our insurance (or at least a portion of it) just like any other illness, right!! Good luck to all.

5/31/2009 8:57 AM
All I found this link by watching youtube videos of women going through current cycles. It is a petition to make insurance companies pay for IVF, IUI, etc. I signed it and think its a great idea. http://www.petitiononline.com/FI200507/

4/30/2009 5:20 PM
Cid - if you don't mind my asking what do you mean by you were able to get mose of the $15, 000 back when you did your taxes?

4/16/2009 4:29 PM
We itemize, and due to other medical bills and such, we were able to get back almost all of our IVF costs. ($15,000+) That was a relief. Now we are trying to decide if we want to even try again.

I know more now than before....but maybe TOO much knowledge is not a good thing.

3/19/2009 2:20 PM
DJ: We have been in the same situation more than once. You don't not want to have the meds on hand so you are ready when they say you are, but then there you sit....wasting them and the money. We too just converted our IVF cycle to IUI with donor sperm. No success for us...hope and pray you have better results.

3/12/2009 6:41 PM
Try an IUI cycle first before IVF, to see if you respond at all to the drugs. The pre-stim phase drugs (to ripen the eggs) are essentially the same for IUI and IVF, although the brand names are different. My husband and I were covered by insurance for IUI but elected not to try it because my husband's sperm count was far to low (under 2 million), he had low motility sperm, and 97% of his sperm was damaged. The doctors said there was only a 3-5% chance of a pregnancy, and the damaged sperm worried us. So we opted to go strait to IVF, which was not covered by insurance at all, so they could pick out the best swimming sperm and have much better odds of a pregnancy. Unfortunately we bought all the drugs in advance exactly as the clinic instructed us to do. After not responding to the drugs I was diagnosed as having reduced ovarian reserve: I produced exactly one egg. I was told not responding to the drugs is a very common problem with older women (I was 41 at the time). We spend $3000 on drugs we were never able to use, and had to convert our IVF cycle into an IUI cycle with donor sperm. So if you are covered for IUI, please consider trying one cycle just to see how many eggs you can get, as this number doesn't vary much from cycle to cycle. It may save you the cost of the IVF drugs.

2/25/2009 11:01 AM
Don't forget that your mileage to and from appointments can also be claimed as a medical expense.

2/17/2009 2:06 PM
We also just did our 2008 taxes. No "tax credit" for IVF, but since you itemize you can use the medical expenses paid during 08 as a deduction. That only applies if you paid out the 7 or 7.5% of your income in medical expenses. The deduction you get is for anything ABOVE that percentage, not the entire amount you paid out. Hope that helps.

2/17/2009 1:11 PM
Nest question to the group........as I get ready to do my taxes for 2008 (I itemize), I am wondering if I can include my medical bills associated with IVF?

From another thread on this site, I read were someone adopted a child and was given a TAX CREDIT. Wouldn't that be relief if tax credits were given for IUI or IVF......even a portion!

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