Veteran wounded in active duty discusses infertility coverage
In February, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released a report detailing their proposal to expand coverage of in vitro fertilization (IVF) for veterans and their spouses. Currently, the VA only covers IVF for veterans with service-related injuries that result in infertility. According to the report, the VA estimates that there are approximately 48,000 veterans and 9,000 spouses who could benefit from the proposed expansion.
The report comes after years of advocacy from organizations like Resolve: The National Infertility Association, as well as veterans and their families who have been struggling to afford the costs of fertility treatment. IVF can cost upwards of $12,000 per cycle, and many insurance plans do not cover the procedure.
“For years, veterans and military families have been asking the VA to expand its coverage of fertility treatment,” said Resolve President and CEO Barbara Collura. “We are encouraged by the VA’s report and hope that this will lead to much-needed coverage for those who have sacrificed so much for our country.”
The report includes feedback from a variety of stakeholders, including veterans, military organizations, reproductive endocrinologists, and ethicists. The VA will now review the report and make a decision on whether or not to expand coverage.