Select Page

History of SB139 – Delaware’s Fertility Care & Preservation Law

On June 30, 2018, history was made! Delaware became the 16th state to mandate fertility coverage when Governor John Carney signed SB139, Delaware’s Fertility Care & Preservation Bill into law.

Meet Christie Gross – Delaware’s Fertility Care & Preservation Law Champion

Christie Gross, Delaware’s Fertility Care & Preservation Law champion and patient advocate, has over 20 years of experience in policy development and helped create the bill. She led the grassroots campaign and united fellow patients, physicians, and community advocates while inspiring them to stand up for Delaware fertility coverage.

“Our success is proof that positive change is possible when people stand together and use their voice.”

Read Dr. Ronald Feinberg’s Testimony Before Legislators

Dr. Feinberg shared his 30+ years of experience testifying about the ethics of expanding access to care for people who need medical services to build their families.

Governor John Carney Signs Delaware’s Fertility Care & Preservation Bill Into Law

Governor John Carney signed Delaware’s Fertility Care & Preservation Bill (SB139) into law on June 30th, 2018! It was an amazing journey supporting our patient advocate and bill champion, Christie Gross. What started as an idea to help families struggling with the financial burden of overcoming infertility blossomed into a wonderful grassroots campaign.

 

Delaware’s Fertility Care & Preservation Law Advocates Gather After It Passes the House

The Delaware House of Representatives voted 39-2 in favor of passing SB139! Dr. Emelia Bachman joined Christie Gross, Rep. Valerie Longhurst and Sen. Bryan Townsend along with community members to celebrate the historic win on June 7, 2018. The next step? SB139 went to Governor Carney’s desk to be signed into law. 

Miranda Mal Testifies Before the House Committee

Miranda Mal, RESOLVE Support Group Host and Delaware Team Captain for Advocacy Day, joined her husband, Joshua, to share their personal journey. She expressed her hope for the thousands of individuals and families who will be diagnosed with infertility in the future in front of the House Committee.

 

Delaware’s Fertility Care & Preservation Law Advocates After the House Committee Hearing

House Majority Leader Rep. Valerie Maglio Longhurst joined guests that testified at the House Committee Hearing. Unanimous support meant the bill moved to a floor vote before the entire House of Representatives on Thursday, June 7, 2018.

Dr. Feinberg Testifies Before the House Committee

On March 14 and June 6, 2018, Dr. Ronald Feinberg testified at Committee hearings before the Delaware Senate and House of Representatives. He contributed his medical expertise addressing how fertility care and IVF can safely help Delaware citizens build their families.

Dr. Bachman & Christie Gross After the Successful Senate Floor Vote

Following a unanimous State Senate vote on March 27, 2018, Dr. Emelia Bachman and Christie Gross gathered on the steps of Legislative Hall. Dr. Bachman provided her medical expertise for this historic day when the bill advanced to the House of Representatives.

RAD Team Members & Christie Gross Testify at Senate Committee Hearing

Dr. Feinberg, Dr. Bachman, and members of Team RAD joined patients and community members at Legislative Hall. Delaware’s Fertility Care & Preservation Law was considered in the Senate Health, Children & Social Services Committee on March 14, 2018.

Delaware’s Fertility Care & Preservation Law Journey

SB139 Signing

Governor John Carney Signs Delaware’s Fertility Care & Preservation Bill Into Law

Governor John Carney signed Delaware’s Fertility Care & Preservation Bill (SB139) into law on June 30th, 2018! It was an amazing journey supporting our patient advocate and bill champion, Christie Gross. What started as an idea to help families struggling with the financial burden of overcoming infertility blossomed into a wonderful grassroots campaign.

SB139 Passes Delaware House

Delaware’s Fertility Care & Preservation Law Advocates Gather After It Passes The House 

The Delaware House of Representatives voted 39-2 in favor of passing SB139! Dr. Emelia Bachman joined Christie Gross, Rep. Valerie Longhurst and Sen. Bryan Townsend along with community members to celebrate the historic win on June 7, 2018. The next step? SB139 went to Governor Carney’s desk to be signed into law.

Miranda Mall Testifies For SB139

Miranda Mal Testifies Before The House Committee

Miranda Mal, RESOLVE Support Group Host and Delaware Team Captain for Advocacy Day, joined her husband, Joshua, to share their personal journey. She expressed her hope for the thousands of individuals and families who will be diagnosed with infertility in the future in front of the House Committee.

SB139 Advocates After House Committee Hearing

Delaware’s Fertility Care & Preservation Law Advocates After The House Committee Hearing

House Majority Leader Rep. Valerie Maglio Longhurst joined guests that testified at the House Committee Hearing. Unanimous support meant the bill moved to a floor vote before the entire House of Representatives on Thursday, June 7, 2018.

Reproductive Associates of Delaware Ronald Feinberg Testifies for SB139

Dr. Feinberg Testifies Before The House Committee Hearing

On March 14 and June 6, 2018, Dr. Ronald Feinberg testified at Committee hearings before the Delaware Senate and House of Representatives. He contributed his medical expertise addressing how fertility care and IVF can safely help Delaware citizens build their families.

Dr. Emelia Bachman SB139

Dr. Bachman & Christie Gross After The Successful Senate Floor Vote

Following a unanimous State Senate vote on March 27, 2018, Dr. Emelia Bachman and Christie Gross gathered on the steps of Legislative Hall. Dr. Bachman provided her medical expertise for this historic day when the bill advanced to the House of Representatives.

SB139 Senate Committee Hearing

RAD Team Members & Christie Gross Testify At Senate Committee Hearing

Dr. Feinberg, Dr. Bachman, and members of Team RAD joined patients and community members at Legislative Hall. Delaware’s Fertility Care & Preservation Law was considered in the Senate Health, Children & Social Services Committee on March 14, 2018.

Delaware’s Fertility Care & Preservation Law in the News

Delaware Strives To Be The First In Fertility Care – Delaware Today – April 18, 2019
Dr. Feinberg and Delaware’s Fertility Care & Preservation Law Champion, Christie Gross, address Delaware’s efforts to move forward in fertility care and preservation coverage.

Senate Bill Would Cover IVF, All Fertility Treatments For Delawareans – Delaware Online – March 25, 2018
A bill in the legislature would require insurers to cover fertility treatments, including IVF, for families. Newark resident Christie Gross is the patient advocate for the bill.

Delaware Measure Calls For Mandating Insurers Cover Infertility Treatment – WHYY – MARCH 2, 2018
Delaware couples struggling to conceive may get some help if a measure proposed in the state Senate becomes law.

More Patient Resources

IVF Success Rates

We lead the way through research and innovation contributing to nationally recognized success rates.

Community Organizations

We have compiled a list of resources aimed at helping patients navigate their fertility journey.

Injection Training

Patients on their fertility journey will often have to administer medication through injection at home.

Patient Reviews

Read from our own patients and hear their stories about their experience at RADfertility.

Nicole C. G.

★★★★★

"We had a wonderful experience working with RADfertility. Our doctor was so sweet, informative and helpful with all of our questions. The front desk, it’s always nice to be greeted by a friendly smiling face."

Jessica

★★★★★

"RAD heard my hopes, dreams, and wishes and led me toward them while holding my hand. My dream came true. I was guided to a beautiful baby girl! It took less than a year for my pregnancy to begin and it was successful. This was the best decision I ever made. Thank you, RAD!"

Christa C.

★★★★★

"From the beginning our team was determined to find a way for my husband and I to complete our family. All the RAD staff was knowledgeable and truly cared for us. We wish we could have continued with them after our baby hit 12 weeks. We thank them daily in our prayers for giving us our beautiful baby girl!"

Shaun

★★★★★

"We will be forever grateful for the wonderful care we received at RAD! Dr. Feinberg took the time to listen and create a plan we were comfortable with. The whole team was amazing and truly care about their patients. You have exceeded our expectations. Thank you!!"

Jaqueline M.

★★★★★

"Thanks to RADfertility, we have the most perfect addition to our family. The help and support the whole staff gave us was indescribable. We never once lost hope because of them. We will be forever grateful to each and every person we worked with during our journey."

Hira

★★★★★

"Dr. Neithardt was amazing. She explained in great detail all the options we had and put us at ease about the entire process. Everyone has been amazing and I have absolutely no complaints. Today I am 17 weeks pregnant and we only have Dr. Neithardt and her wonderful team at RAD to thank."

Michelle H.

★★★★★

"They are the most amazing team of doctors and care coordinators. After having started at another facility I was so happy to come to RAD. They are truly amazing, never make you feel like just a number and have empathy and compassion every step of the way. They also get the job done! Thanks RAD!"

Anonymous On FertilityIQ

★★★★★

"Dr. McGuirk is a very holistic doctor. She doesn’t just treat the fertility issues. She also points out personal health ideas (juicing, whole 30) to help heal/treat the whole patient. She is honest and open. Be open minded and trust in her process. This is a marathon, not a sprint! Dr. McGuirk will be with you the whole way."

Teresa P.

★★★★★

"I will never be able to put into words how thankful we are for RAD. Rhonda was there every step of the way as we were going through the process. Everyone was so welcoming and patient as we asked questions. We were blessed with a daughter, who is now three. I have already recommended and will continue to recommend RAD to people who need help growing their family!"

Newark Office

4735 Ogletown-Stanton Road
Medical Arts Pavilion 2
Suite 3217
Newark, DE 19713

Wilmington Office

Silverside Medical Center
2700 Silverside Road, Suite 2A
Wilmington, DE 19810

Dover Office

Eden Hill Medical Center
200 Banning Street, Suite 240
Dover, DE 19904

 

Phone: (302) 602-8822

Fax: (302) 602-8832

©RADfertility 2020