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Barbara Collura Testifies Before House Veterans Subcommittee on Health
On Wednesday, June 22, 2022, President/CEO of RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, Barbara Collura, testified before the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health to advocate for the Veterans Health Administration to offer medical treatments, such as IVF, to all those enrolled in healthcare provided by the VHA.
The VHA is prohibited by regulation to provide IVF, however, since 2016, some veterans with a service-connected injury can get access to IVF, but it is very narrow coverage. It will require Congress to act to allow the VA to offer all family building options to all veterans. Opposition to this access to care for veterans’ centers on the creation of embryos and what happens to those embryos.
During her testimony, Collura made a case for one of the country’s largest healthcare systems provide quality care for our Veterans. “As America’s largest integrated health care system providing care to nine million enrolled veterans, the VHA is expected to provide the most current standard of care to veterans experiencing any health condition or disease. Infertility is a disease…Just like any other disease, the VHA should provide access to care to help veterans who may struggle to build their family.”