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ASRM Congratulates the U.S. Senate on Approval of Veteran Fertility Legislation
a blog by Claire, December 15, 2012
Legislation regarding health care and fertility benefits for veterans was approved by the U.S. Senate and is on its way to the House of Representatives. The “Women Veterans and Other Health Care Improvements Act of 2012” mandates coverage of fertility counseling and fertility treatment by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
“It is nothing but unjust to send our military personnel into harm’s way and to not provide health care services to address health care needs that arise due to their service and dedication to our country. We encourage the U.S. House of Representatives to pass this bill so that it can be sent to the President without delay,” says Sean Tipton, ASRM Director of Public Affairs.
Until now, the only procedures covered by the VA were those, like sperm extraction, that addressed a man’s infertility incurred during his service. Additional treatment costs of intrauterine insemination (IUI), in vitro fertilization (IVF), or any treatments pertaining specifically to the female were the responsibility of the couple.
The new legislation offers coverage to veterans who have suffered infertility or worsening of a condition in the line of duty. This includes procedures for female veterans, their spouses, and even surrogates. Up to three adoptions are covered, so long as they do not exceed the cost of one IVF cycle.
Veteran fertility coverage is slated to begin in 2014 to allow the VA to establish rules and guidelines.