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New law offers Utah couples the chance to get help paying for infertility treatment

SALT LAKE CITY, (ABC 4 Utah) – Thousands of Utah couples, who are struggling to have children of their own are celebrating a victory.
SALT LAKE CITY, (ABC 4 Utah) – Thousands of Utah couples, who are struggling to have children of their own are celebrating a victory.

Tuesday, Utah families who have and who could benefit from infertility treatment joined Governor, Gary Herbert to sign House Bill 347.

Samantha Tingey is one of them, she has always dreamed of having kids, but so far she hasn't been able to.

"When I found out I was never going to have children of my own, or at least not easily it was devastating. It was one of the things that I had looked forward to most of my life," Tingey.

The new law is offering some hope in the form of financial assistance, one of the biggest obstacles for couples seeking infertility treatment.

Here's how it works, under current law there is a $4000.00 adoption benefit built into maternity healthcare coverage.

Now, Utah couples can make a request to their provider to have that money applied to infertility treatment.

The company has the right to deny it, but bill sponsor, Representative LaVar Christensen believes a good faith foundation has been laid.

"We're very sensitive to free market principles and we worked closely over several months with all of the major insurance carriers. This really is a consensus bill, we could not be more grateful for all the cooperation and support we have received," said Christensen, ( R ) Sandy/Draper.

It all started when Christensen was approached by people in his district who know first hand the emptiness and despair that come with infertility.

Tiffany Alleman is one of them.

She has three children, all a result of infertility treatment.

"I know so many people, just having traveled the state and spoken at so many seminars that don't have the same level of hope and don't have the same success I’ve had so far and to me nothing is more important than my family and helping other people create their family is the greatest thing I can do," said Alleman.

She spent several days at the Capitol during the session seeing the bill through.

Now, her goal is coming full circle, offering others a new perspective.

"When it passed unanimously I was like this is it, this could really, really help us a lot," said Tingey.

Christensen says this bill is just the beginning, opening the door for more assistance options down the road.

Alleman isn't done either, she plans to start a foundation to benefit couples who struggle with infertility.

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