Helping Veterans ImageImagine being seriously wounded while serving in the military. The Veterans Administration (VA) covers all of your medical treatment. But, if your injuries have impaired your reproductive system so that when you want to start a family, the doctors say you need IVF — then you are out of luck. IVF is banned for the VA.

That’s what motivated RESOLVE and veterans groups to fight to change the VA policy. In late 2016, we won a significant victory: we got Congress to pass a bill allowing the VA to cover IVF for wounded veterans. And we did it again in 2018. BUT — the benefits are good only through September 2019.

We’re continuing the fight for justice in reproduction for veterans, to extend the benefit past 2019. And let’s be clear: we’re beginning with coverage for wounded veterans, but our vision is coverage for every veteran. Share your support for this legislation with your Members of Congress.

“IVF for Vets”

Make #IVF4Vets a permanent program. Our advocates were successful in securing funding so that the Veterans Administration can offer IVF for wounded Vets in FY 2017 and FY 2018, but it did not lift the ban permanently. We will ask Congress to make #IVF4Vets permanent through passage of the Women Veterans and Families Health Services Act. Send a letter today to your Senators and Representative.

The U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives passed the MilCon-VA Appropriations bill for FY 2017 which included an amendment to allocate funds to the Veterans Administration to offer IVF to wounded Veterans and provides for adoption assistance to wounded Veterans. The appropriation will allow the VA to offer IVF to wounded Veterans for the first time ever, for FY 2017 and FY 2018. The passage of this bill signifies a tremendous victory for RESOLVE and its partners, and especially for its advocates, who have advocated for this change at every Advocacy Day for the past four years.

Though DoD can provide IVF treatment, too many service members are excluded from eligibility for this and other treatments. The VA is completely barred from providing IVF services because of an outdated regulation. S 700/HR 1681 would expand VA and DoD’s current fertility treatment and counseling offerings, and empower severely injured service members and veterans to start families when the time is right for them. The bill would lift VA’s IVF ban and expand Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) treatments beyond DoD’s current policy limitations. The bill would also provide access to fertility treatment for spouses, allow VA to offer adoption assistance, and make permanent the highly successful child care pilot program in VA.

Through the Women Veterans and Families Health Services Act, veterans have a chance at the family they always dreamed of. For many wounded veterans, assisted reproductive technologies such as IVF may be their only hope of ever having a biological child with their spouse/partner.

House of Representatives and Senate Co-Sponsors

Updated November 29, 2018

House of Representatives Co-Sponsors:

  1. Lisa Blunt Rochester [D-DE]
  2. Steve Cohen [D-TN]
  3. Peter DeFazio [D-OR]
  4. Suzan DelBene [D-WA]
  5. Debbie Dingell [D-MI]
  6. Luis Gutiérrez [D-IL]
  7. Denny Heck [D-WA]
  8. James Himes [D-CT]
  9. Jared Huffman [D-CA]
  10. Sheila Jackson Lee [D-TX]
  11. Pramila Jayapal [D-WA]
  12. Derek Kilmer [D-WA]
  13. Sean Maloney [D-NY]
  14. Betty McCollum [D-MN]
  15. James McGovern [D-MA]
  16. Seth Moulton [D-MA]
  17. Beto O’Rourke [D-TX]
  18. Collin Peterson [D-MN]
  19. Mark Pocan [D-WI]
  20. Bobby Rush [D-IL]
  21. Tim Ryan [D-OH]
  22. David Scott [D-GA]
  23. Kyrsten Sinema [D-AZ]
  24. Albio Sires [D-NJ]
  25. Dina Titus [D-NV]
  26. Debbie Wasserman Schultz [D-FL]

Senate Co-Sponsors:

  1. Tammy Baldwin [D-WI]
  2. Michael F. Bennet [D-CO]
  3. Richard Blumenthal [D-CT]
  4. Sherrod Brown [D-OH]
  5. Ben Cardin [D-MD]
  6. Chris Coons [D-DE]
  7. Tammy Duckworth [D-IL]
  8. Kirsten Gillibrand [D-NY]
  9. Amy Klobuchar [D-MN]
  10. Jeff Merkley [D-OR]
  11. Jon Tester [D-MT]
  12. Elizabeth Warner [D-MA]

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