From Advocacy to Policy to Impact: U-M’s decision to cover in-vitro fertilization and what it teaches us about access to reproductive health care
Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation Seminar Series
In 2015, the University of Michigan began offering its employees insurance plans that cover in-vitro fertilization (IVF). In this IHPI Seminar, we will discuss the advocacy that led to this new coverage policy, the policy’s impact on IVF use in the University community, and what this research can teach us about access to reproductive health care nationally. The IHPI Research Seminar Series is a lecture-based program designed to share innovative health services research topics, studies, and programs, with clinicians, faculty, research staff, and students from a variety of disciplines. Reception and networking to immediately follow the presentation. Jim Dupree, MD, MPH is an associate professor of Urology and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan and completed his residency at Northwestern University and his fellowship in Male Reproductive Medicine and Surgery (infertility) at Baylor College of Medicine. He also completed a Health Policy Fellowship with the American College of Surgeons. Now a member of the Divisions of Andrology and Health Services Research, Jim specializes in the advanced treatment of male infertility, low testosterone, and erectile dysfunction. He also teaches University of Michigan medical students, residents, and fellows about male infertility and federal health care policy. Jim’s research focuses on infertility and reproductive health policy, with an emphasis on the impact of insurance coverage on infertility care. In 2017, Jim was awarded the American Urological Association’s James Gallagher Health Policy Scholarship. He also served as Director of the Michigan Value Collaborative from 2016-2019, Chair of the Health Policy Council of the North Central Section of the AUA from 2017-2019, and is now the Ambulatory Care Clinical Chief for Urology at the University of Michigan Medical Group.