Legislation provides funding for the VA to offer IVF to wounded Veterans

(September 29, 2016, McLean, VA) – RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association applauds the passage of the FY2017 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies (MilCon-VA) Appropriations Bill. This bill includes an appropriation for funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to cover the costs of reproductive services, including IVF, for veterans who suffered service-related injuries that prevent them from starting or growing their family and also includes adoption assistance services for these veterans.

We are thrilled that our Veterans will have access to infertility treatments and adoption services to finally have an opportunity to build their family,” said Barbara Collura, President/CEO, RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association. “This legislation removes an outdated barrier on accessing medically necessary IVF treatments for veterans with a service related injury. Finally, Congress has fixed an inequity that existed between medical care offered to active duty service members and veterans.

Recognizing the coalition of organizations that fought for this, RESOLVE appreciates the close partnership forged over the years in advocating for this change with the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, numerous Veterans’ groups, and committed Members of Congress.

U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) has been a long-time champion of expanding access to reproductive services to veterans, first with her introduction of legislation three sessions ago, and in this session with S 469, the Women Veterans and Families Health Services Act of 2015.

RESOLVE also recognizes its grassroots advocates from across the country who have participated in RESOLVE’s annual Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. and have advocated for this change for the past four years. Collura continued, “RESOLVE advocates are a fierce and passionate group of people. This issue has galvanized our community, including healthcare and industry professionals, to ‘right a wrong’ thrust on our veterans. They fought for us; we were privileged to fight for them.

The passage of the MilCon-VA Appropriations Bill is timely as RESOLVE will honor Paralyzed Veterans of America as well as Sen. Patty Murray at RESOLVE’s Night of Hope, Tuesday, November 15, with the Hope Award for Advocacy.

About RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association: Established in 1974, RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association is a non-profit organization with the only established, nationwide network mandated to promote reproductive health and to ensure equal access to all family building options for men and women experiencing infertility or other reproductive disorders. One in eight U.S. couples of childbearing age is diagnosed with infertility. RESOLVE addresses this public health issue by providing community to these women and men, connecting them with others who can help, empowering them to find resolution and giving voice to their demands for access to all family building options. For more information, visit www.RESOLVE.org.