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IVF Discount Program for Wounded Veterans
The Service to Veterans program is making IVF treatment more accessible to wounded veterans. One hundred and three infertility practices around the country are volunteering to give deep discounts, approximately 50% or more, for IVF care to wounded veterans. This access to care program from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) and their members, “Is really the first time I’m aware that a private medical subspecialty has rallied to fill in a need that our government should be providing. We’re quite proud of that,” says Dr. Gilbert Mottla, a fertility doctor with Shady Grove Fertility. The Department of Veterans affairs does not provide coverage for IVF treatment for veterans with service-related injuries that require IVF to have children, due to a law that was passed in the early 1990s.
Mottla spearheaded the program, with a lot of help, he says, from ASRM and RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association. “Hopefully legislative change will come. But we felt the need for an immediate remedy. And that was the origin of our program,” he says.
Eligibility is based on criteria established by the Department of Defense: spinal and genital injuries that prevent them from having children. “There are some 3,000 eligible veterans who are in this cohort, our calculations determined. We worry that they are aging out of care, and these people deserve to get their families started,” Mottla says. Many of these veterans have young, female partners, so success rates are very high, he adds.
For more information on the Serving Our Veterans program, visit the ASRM website.
For a list of fertility clinics participating in the Serving Our Veterans program, visit the SART website.
For more information on infertility legislation, visit the RESOLVE website.