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Senate Approves IVF Coverage for Wounded Veterans
As the country prepares to honor servicemen and women who have given their lives, military members and veterans this Memorial Day, a veteran spending bill confirms good news for wounded soldiers and their families. A recently approved Senate bill includes a provision to allow the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to cover the costs of assisted reproductive technology, including IVF. The bipartisan bill was introduced by U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) on behalf of veterans who are unable to have children naturally due to service related industries. Currently, service members must cover the expense of in vitro fertilization (IVF) on their own, which can cost more than $12,000 per round.
“When this country sends brave men and women to war, we promise to take care of them when they return. And that’s why I’ve been fighting to change this policy for once and for all,” said Sen. Murray.
She went on to share the stories of three men Matt, Kevin, and Tyler who, as a result of catastrophic injuries during their service, are not be able to conceive children naturally. She explained that they each have hope thanks to IVF, but collectively they have already spent tens of thousands of dollars on treatment. Murray suggested that the VA’s policy is out of date since it doesn’t include the latest advancements in fertility treatment like IVF.
After the announcement that the bill had passed in the Senate, Sen. Murray expressed hope that it would receive the same support as it moved on now to be passed by the House of Representatives.
“This issue shouldn’t be about politics. It shouldn’t be about partisanship. And we shouldn’t cut corners when it comes to our veterans and their families. This is a chance to support our veterans, and the dreams that they fought so hard for.”