This bonus episode is a little different than normal in that I’m not talking to a medical professional in the infertility world. My guest is Katie Lelito, who is an infertility warrior herself. She has convinced two different employers to add infertility coverage to health benefits. She’s here to share her secrets so you can do the same!
Katie always knew she wanted a big family and began trying to get pregnant in 2012. She soon saw an RE and was diagnosed with diminished ovarian reserve. Katie knew her problem was serious when her doctor suggested going straight to IVF. She has now endured numerous IUIs and IVFs and even a surrogate transfer. Even though she has never had a pregnancy or any success, she remains hopeful and keeps “keeping on.”
- Before we get into the meat of today’s episode, I’d love to hear your personal infertility story. When did you start trying to have a baby, what was your diagnosis, etc.?
- Did you assume your insurance would cover infertility treatment? What was your reaction when you found out otherwise?
- Before approaching your employer about why fertility coverage should be included in the health insurance benefits they offer, what information should you gather first?
- Exactly how did you approach your employer about adding fertility coverage to their insurance benefits?
- How did your employer respond?
- What advice do you have for listeners hoping to convince their employer to do the same thing?