Introduction of Bill Lifting Ban on IVF for Veterans

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May 19, 2015


Washington, DC, May 19, 2015
– Statement attributable to

ASRM President Rebecca Z. Sokol, MD, MPH, president of the
American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM).

“We are thrilled to see the introduction of HR 2257. With introduction of this bill, Chairman Miller has made a vital step towards assuring our country lives up to its obligation to do its best to make our service members whole upon their return.  For far too long, veterans whose service related injuries have left them unable to have children have not been able to access the best treatment available – In Vitro Fertilization. In fact, federal law currently bans the Department of Veterans Affairs from providing this care. Currently, active duty service members with certain classes of injuries have access to care that includes in vitro fertilization, while those who separate from service and enter the Department of VA health care system do not. This bill would rectify that inequity and address the reproductive health care needs of veterans that arose due to their service.

IVF is a widely accepted and widely performed medical procedure in this country and throughout the world. Indeed, last year alone more than 60,000 babies were born thanks to IVF.  There is no justification for a statutory ban on the VA providing IVF care to our veterans. We applaud Chairman Miller for his commitment to righting this wrong and call on Members of Congress to follow his lead.

ASRM and its members stand fully committed to HR 2257. We pledge to partner with the various veterans organizations that support this bill to gain support for it from Members of Congress. It is time for Congress to finally remove this health care inequity that thwarts the ability of some veterans to build their families.”

ASRM is a multidisciplinary organization dedicated to the advancement of the science and practice of reproductive medicine. The Society accomplishes its mission through the pursuit of excellence in education and research and through advocacy on behalf of patients, physicians, and affiliated health care providers. The Society is committed to facilitating and sponsoring educational activities for the lay public and continuing medical education activities for professionals who are engaged in the practice of and research in reproductive medicine.
ASRM has more than 8,000 members in over 100 countries.

Dr. Timothy Hickman, M.D., Medical Director of Houston IVF, is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and is very pleased with this bill.

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Source: Houston IVF

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