Tens of thousands of state employees are now getting the green light for fertility assistance at a much lower price tag.
Treatments such as in vitro fertilization can sometimes cost tens of thousands of dollars with hopes that eventually you will hear those three words: You are pregnant.
“One of my medications was on its own $1,500 out of pocket, and another that was a single injection was approximately between $500 and $750 out of pocket,” said Katie Poe.
Poe likened it to being on a roller coaster of emotions.
“And then when you factor that amount of money into it, there is that added pressure which is not good when you are pregnant,” Poe said.
Poe is working toward her second pregnancy using a fertility specialist, but feeling more at ease this time around. Her employer, the University of Arkansas, has stepped up so people like Poe don’t have to feel the financial pressure of trying to produce a family.
“We have already seen an explosion of the number of patients that we have had that have come in who had their treatments on hold because financially they couldn’t afford it,” said Dr. Gloria Richard-Davis, UAMS fertility specialist.
Richard-Davis said the money factor pushes people to wait, which can make it even more challenging to find fertility success after the treatments.
“This affords younger women an opportunity to be successful, and it also improves our rates of success,” Davis said.
Poe and her sweet little girl are proof of that success rate.
“I just love her so much,” Poe said.
Now she is working on another gift. She will be forever grateful thanks to her employer.
“Not everybody is going to use it, but for those of us who need it, it is a God send,” Poe said.