If you are in the military or your spouse is, you’ll need to know what your options are for treatment for your infertility. First things first, know what is covered! The good news is, there are a few options for receiving care such as a basic fertility workup, IUIs or an IVF procedure.
If you receive treatment at one of the Military Treatment Facilities (MTF) listed below. You will still need to pay out-of-pocket but the cost is less compared to the same services at a non-military clinic.
TRICARE: Infertility Treatment
Use your TRICARE insurance coverage for medical care outside of a MTF, however, TRICARE does not cover IVF or IUI’s, and may have limited coverage for other procedures. Check your plan first and talk to TRICARE to get all the facts. And, if you are denied coverage, write a letter and appeal. Most insurance plans are not counting on you to appeal and you may get the coverage determination reversed. Pay out of pocket at a non-military clinic but ask the clinic about military discounts, drug discounts, and payment plans. Many clinics today are offering military discounts and can share with you information on discounts for your medications. Also, some clinics are contracted with TRICARE to provide services via the TRICARE insurance plan.
TRICARE may cover the following types of infertility testing and treatment.
Diagnostic services to identify physical illnesses or injuries to the reproductive system are covered for both men and women. Infertility treatments, corrective treatments and surgeries for women are also covered. However, correction of male infertility may be cost shared, which is determined on a case-by-case basis.
Therapies covered by TRICARE include hormonal treatment, corrective surgery, antibiotics, administration of human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) or radiation therapy depending on the cause. These therapies are covered for both sexes.
TRICARE also provides medically necessary appropriate medical care for erectile dysfunction due to organic, vice psychological or psychiatric, causes.
In-vitro fertilization (IVF) for women (see note below)
Reversal of surgical sterilization is not covered for either sex.
A note about IVF: While TRICARE does not cover IVF, there are military treatment facilities (MTFs) where IVF medical training programs are conducted. Beneficiaries who participate in these programs will be responsible for all MTF costs.
Military facilities that offer IVF treatment
Discount programs for active duty military and veterans
The RESOLVE community is proud of the dedication and support of our active duty military and veterans, and many of our professional members offer our military a special discount on family building services.
Here is a listing of that will help those seeking resources, find trusted professionals in their area who can make all the difference in their ability to build their family.
As of November 2015: A number of Society For Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) member clinics have agreed to participate in the “Serving Our Veterans” program and are offering discounted IVF services to Veterans. The discounts and criteria vary by clinic. For a list of clinics participating, visit the list on the SART website.
Bette Galen, LCSW
Features: I will offer 1/3 off my regular session rate.
Contact Information: bettegalenlcsw.com
Boston IVF at The Women’s Hospital
Features: We offer 25% discount to military families.
Contact Information: bostonivfindiana.com
Covington & Hafkin and Associates
Features: Our practice of experience psychotherapist who specialize in reproductive mental health services will provide a 25% discount to military members and veterans for infertility counseling services and consultations for recipients pursuing third party reproduction.
Contact Information: covingtonandhafkin.com
Compassionate Care: EMD Serono
Features: The Compassionate Care Program is a patient assistance program that is designed to provide income eligible patients with savings on EMD Serono fertility medications. Patients who demonstrate financial need and have a valid prescription may qualify for 50 to 75% off the self-pay price of EMD Serono fertility medications or $10 off per unit after completing a mail-in rebate. Eligible patients can use the program for multiple cycles during each year. Patients must reapply each year. Additionally, depending on income, eligible medically retired veterans who do not qualify for the Compassionate Corps Program will receive an automatic discount of 25% off the self-pay price of EMD Serono fertility medicines through the Compassionate Care Program. These patients can also qualify for 50 to 75% off of EMD Serono fertility medications if they meet the financial and other eligibility criteria of the Compassionate Care Program.
Qualifications: Eligibility is based on qualifying annual household gross income and first-time participation in the Compassionate Care Program.
Contact: For eligibility information, program details and requirements, and enrollment form, please visit fertilitylifelines.com or call 1-855-541-5926.
Compassionate Corps Program – EMD Serono
Features: The Compassionate Corps Program is a patient assistance program for eligible, uninsured veterans who are suffering from infertility due to a service-related injury or their spouses to receive free fertility medicine manufactured by EMD Serono. The Compassionate Corps Program is available for up to 2 cycles per year. Patients must reapply each year.
Qualifications: To be eligible, patients must: be a retired member of the military or the spouse of one; be a veteran or the spouse of a veteran who is infertile due to a service-related injury, not privately insured for infertility medications and medically retired; and have been diagnosed by a physician as infertile and requiring IVF/ART. Those U.S. military veteran patients who do not qualify for the Compassionate Corps Program and do not have insurance for fertility medications are encouraged to apply for EMD Serono’s Compassionate Care Program in which they will now receive an automatic discount of 25% off the self-pay price of EMD Serono fertility medicines. These patients can also qualify for 50 to 75% off of EMD Serono fertility medications if they meet the financial and other eligibility criteria of EMD Serono’s Compassionate Care Program.
Contact: For eligibility information, program details, and enrollment form, visit CompassionateCorps.com or call 1-866-538-7879
Heart for Heroes Program – Ferring Pharmaceuticals through MDR Pharmaceutical Care
Features: Ferring is offering select fertility products to eligible infertile veterans and their spouses at no cost through MDR Pharmaceutical Care. A physician certifies the veteran’s eligibility on the medication order form and sends it to MDR. The medication is shipped directly to the veteran and his/her spouse.
Qualifications: Medically separated from active duty; Department of Defense Category 2 or 3 veteran; the service related injury resulted in infertility requiring assisted reproduction; must be a resident of the U.S.; patient and/or spouse has no insurance for IVF medications.
Contact Information: For eligibility information and program details, contact MDR Pharmaceutical Care at 1-800-515-DRUG (3784) or heartforheroes.org.
Fertility Institute of Hawaii
Features: FIH offers both active and retired military discounted Infertility and IVF cycle prices for those who are self-pay. The discount applies to the cost of all fertility treatments performed at FIH.
Contact Information: ivfcenterhawaii.com
Genesis Fertility & Reproductive Medicine
Features: Genesis can offer a 25% discount off our regular IVF pricing as a service to those who serve/served our country. In addition we will provide free cryopreservation for 6 months. Genesis has offices in Brooklyn, Staten Island and Hewlett, NY.
Contact Information: genesisfertility.com
Idaho Center for Reproductive Medicine
Features: 10% off our services (excluding blood tests) to military families — active duty or retired.
Contact Information: idahofertility.com/
InPsych Center (North San Diego County)
Features: 10% discount for any active duty or reserve military for support groups as well as individual and couples counseling services
Contact Information: inpsychcenter.com
Law Offices of Robert Rettenmaier
Features: Law Offices of Robert Rettenmaier offers a 20% discount off our regular attorney fees to those who serve/served our country.
Contact Information: email@example.com
Features: Free initial adoption consults for military families.
Contact Information: arizonaadoptionlaw.com
Features: 25% off the complete Journey to Parenthood & Beyond Audio Program providing emotional support and self discovery.
Contact Information: organic-conceptions.com
Reproductive Assistance Inc.
Features: We offer active and inactive military members $500 off the agency fee for a donor and $2,000 off the agency fee for a gestational carrier.
Contact Information: ReproductiveAssist.com
Reproductive Medicine Associates of New York
Features: 25% discount to males and females active in the military and veterans.
Contact Information: rmany.com/
Reproductive Science Center
Features: Here is some information about the discount program:
- 10% flat fee discount on all IVF procedures
- Two tiered approach
- 5% off the first cycle
- 10% off the 2nd cycle if not successful
Contact Information: rscbayarea.com
Shady Grove Fertility
Features: The discount provides active military and reservists a 25% discount off self pay rates for services provided by SGFRSC. Discounts do not apply when the fees are paid to an outside service and, therefore, not within our control. If you are interested in one of our discount programs please ask for eligibility criteria.
Contact Information: shadygrovefertility.com/military-discount-program
Sher Institute for Reproductive Medicine
Features: $2,300 discount on a single cycle IVF plan vs. fee for service rate. $900 discount on a frozen embryo transfer vs. fee for service rate.
Contact Information: haveababy.com
Southern California Center for Reproductive Medicine
Features: 20% discount towards a cash pay IVF cycle.
Contact Information: socalfertility.com/
Spring Creek Fertility
Features: We work with EMD Serono and support the Compassionate Corps Program. This program provides free fertility medication to those who are eligible. Depending on income, eligible, self-pay patients may save either 50% or 75% off the self-pay price of medications. Eligible patients can use the program for multiple cycles during each year. In addition, eligible veterans will save at least 25% off their medications. We also offer discounts on treatments for military and public sector employees.
Contact Information: springcreekfertility.com
Tiffany Jo Baker, LLC
Features: Tiffany is proud to offer active military families a 20% discount off of her premium coaching package “Fertility Jumpstart for Couples: How to Navigate the Road and Relationships Well while Trying to Conceive.”
Contact Information: tiffanyjobaker.com/
*RESOLVE does not endorse any of the listed products and programs. For questions about the discount listings or RESOLVE Professional Membership, please contact the Development Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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