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Big News for Veterans as Senate OKs Infertility Coverage

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Boston News,  Oct 11, 2012

Legislation proposing infertility coverage for disabled veterans was approved by a Senate committee just last month. The bill offers coverage by the Department of Veterans Affairs for assisted reproductive technologies (ART), like in vitro fertilization (IVF) to veterans with combat-inflicted injuries that impact their ability to have children.

Research shows that more than 1,830 veterans of recent wars have suffered injuries challenging their fertility, which prompted a new look at existing infertility coverage.

Prior to the passing of this bill, procedures that treated the male partner were covered. This included surgeries to extract sperm, but shifted responsibility of costs to the couple for any additional treatment such as intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in vitro fertilization (IVF).

An amendment allowing adoption assistance to veterans with resulting infertility was also introduced. Further, this amendment requires annual reporting on the number of veterans seeking treatment and the associated costs.

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