Wisconsin scored poorly compared to its neighbors in a new report that examines "fertility friendliness."
Wisconsin received a C, mainly because the state does not have a law requiring insurance coverage for fertility treatments. Minnesota, Iowa and Michigan all received Bs. Illinois received an A.
Researchers used several criteria to determine each state's grade, including whether the state requires insurance coverage for in vitro fertilization, the presence of support groups and the number of infertility doctors in the state.
Wisconsin has three peer-led RESOLVE support groups for people experiencing fertility issues and has 12 fertility specialists. Also, 119,638 women in the state have experienced physical difficulty in getting pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to live birth, according to the report.
RESOLVE has identified several states, including Arkansas, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland and Massachusetts, whose laws mandating insurance coverage for fertility treatments are in jeopardy.
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