Thank Congress! Law Passed Authorizing VA to Cover IVF

Veterans hoping to start or grow their families now have a chance thanks to legislation that was passed by Congress, and signed by the President, in September. This bill includes a provision authorizing the Veterans Administration (VA) to cover fertility treatment, including in-vitro fertilization (IVF), to veterans who lost their fertility due to illness or injury connected to their service.

For years, the Department of Defense provided coverage for fertility treatment for military members who need it due to service-connected injuries. However, the VA was prohibited by law from providing the same coverage. That left thousands of severely wounded veterans unable to start or grow their families, or forced to pay the high cost of fertility treatment on their own. 

Recognizing this injustice, we joined a coalition of organizations to push Congress to right this wrong. Severely wounded veterans have already given so much in service to their country. They should not also have to sacrifice the dream of having a family. 

NMFA Executive Director Joyce Raezer said, “This decision not only provides needed support for wounded veterans, it sends a signal to all military families that the nation will stand behind them in the event of service connected injury.” 

We are grateful that Congress has taken the needed steps to make this priceless benefit available to both actively serving and veteran military families.

Posted October 6, 2016

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