Women Veterans & Families Health Services Act (S 700/HR 1681)

In September 2016, Congress authorized funds through the Mil-Con-VA Appropriations bill for the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide adoption assistance and IVF medical treatments to Veterans with a service connected injury or illness that has caused infertility. These new benefits are slowly being offered and we know of Veterans that are now receiving care.  Congress again authorized funding for the VA to continue these benefits through September 2019.

On Advocacy Day we will:

  • Thank Congress for passing this bill and offering life changing benefits for injured Veterans. As Congress to make these benefits permanent. Pass S 700/HR 1681 the Women Veterans and Families Health Services Act. This bill provides the VA with the proper authorizations and resources to fully manage this benefit in the best possible way.

The Adoption Tax Credit Refundability Act of 2017 (S 937/HR 2476)
The Adoption Tax Credit (ATC) was saved during the recent tax reform process.   RESOLVE believes the current Credit can be improved to help even more families. When the Adoption Tax Credit was made permanent in 2013, it was not made refundable as it had been in prior years (2010 & 2011).  Refundability is important because it allows those who have lower financial resources to get the benefit of the Credit so they can afford to adopt a child in need.

On Advocacy Day we will:

  • As for support of (S 937/HR 2476) so that more middle and lower income families can receive the full value of the credit.
  • Refundability would help the 46% of families who adopt in the foster care system who are at or below 200% of the poverty level and may not have a tax liability that allows them to use the credit right away.

PCOS Resolution, H. Res 864
A Resolution to designate September 2018 as PCOS Awareness Month passed the Senate in December 2017 (S. Res. 336).  The same Resolution has been introduced in the House of Representatives (H. Res. 864) by Rep. David Scott (GA).  The Resolution was introduced with 37 original co-sponsors. By passing this Resolution, PCOS will have its own health observance and help spread awareness about PCOS which impacts 5 to 10 million women and girls in the U.S. and is a leading cause of infertility.

On Advocacy Day we will:

  • Thank Senators for passing the Resolution.
  • Ask your Representative to co-sponsor the House Resolution.

Medical Research Funding
RESOLVE appreciates the commitment Congress showed to medical research in the recent appropriations bill. We support sustained support for the NIH, and specifically the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), where most of the research related to reproductive health and infertility is supported.

On Advocacy Day we will:

  • We request a funding level of $531 billion for FY19 for NICHD, particularly funding for research related to reproductive disorders such as infertility, PCOS, and Endometriosis.