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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.

Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut attended RESOLVE’s Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. May 2016. Watch as we speak to one military couple that is fighting for fertility treatment coverage from the military for both active service members and veterans alike.

About Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMA of Connecticut)

RMA of Connecticut is a leader in fertility care, specializing in a range of infertility treatments. Our assisted reproductive technologies (ART) include intrauterine insemination (IUI), in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and pre-implantation genetic testing (PGT).

RMA of Connecticut is Fairfield County’s largest fertility clinic and egg donation center. Through RMA of Connecticut’s Integrated Fertility and Wellness Center, we offer nutrition counseling, individual and couples psychological counseling, acupuncture and yoga, as well as financing and support services for our patients going through infertility treatment.

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