December 12

Advocacy 101: Changing the Laws in Minnesota to Support Family-Building

7:00 pm — 8:30 pm


NCJW is collaborating with Hadassah for this Advocacy 101 event, in which we will:

  • Learn about why MN insurance laws need to change to help those with the disease of infertility, those at risk of medically-induced infertility, and the LGBTQ community.
  • Hear about out how the need for family-building medical treatments especially impacts the Jewish community.
  • Find out how you can help get this life-changing law passed.

About our speaker:

Julie Berman never expected to be diagnosed with infertility, to receive multiple rounds of treatment, or to experience losses along the way. Her story has a happy ending when she and her husband built their family through open, domestic adoptions.
Julie is a former board member for RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and served as Chair of the Board from 2016-19. At the local level, she successfully worked with a team of advocates to stop an anti-surrogacy measure in the Minnesota legislature. She has represented RESOLVE in the Minneapolis Star Tribune newspaper and testified before Minnesota House and Senate Committees about infertility.
She is currently leading the Minnesota Building Families Coalition and working with a broad array of organizations to pass The Minnesota Building Families Act (SF 1704/HF 1658). This state-level legislation will require insurers to cover infertility diagnosis and treatment (including IVF), will provide standard fertility preservation services for cancer patients and others at risk of medically-induced infertility, and will include fertility benefits for LGBTQ enrollees.