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Published November 2011. Updated August 2013.
If you are in the military or your spouse is, you need to know what your options are for treatment for your infertility. First, know what is covered! You have the following options for receiving care such as an IUI or IVF procedure:
TRICARE may cover the following types of infertility testing and treatment.
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.
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The Family Act:
In May 2011 a bill to create a tax credit for the out-of-pocket costs associated with infertility medical treatment was introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) and in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressman John Lewis (GA). Aptly named the Family Act will potentially help thousands of people seek medical treatment that otherwise would be out of reach for them. RESOLVE supports this bill and needs your help getting this bill passed and made into a law. The bill died in the 112th Congress and must be re-introduced in the 113th Congress. Find out how you can get involved with supporting this bill and getting it passed by Congress.
A Bill to Establish a National Commission on Urotrauma:
The American Urological Association is advocating for HR 984, a bill that requires the Department of Defense, in conjunction with the Departments of Veterans’ Affairs and Health & Human Services, to establish a national commission on urotrauma. The commission’s objectives are: 1) to conduct a comprehensive study of the present state of knowledge of the incidence and duration of, and morbidity and mortality rates resulting from urotrauma; 2) to study the social and economic impact of such conditions; 3) evaluate the public and private facilities and resources (including trained personnel and research activities) for the prevention, diagnosis, treatment of, and research in such conditions; and 4) to identify programs (including biological, behavioral, environmental, and social) through which improvement in the management of urotrauma can be accomplished. To find out more and take action, click here.
The Women Veterans and Other Health Care Improvements Act:
On January 24, 2013 U.S. Senator Patty Murray introduced the Women Veterans and Other Health Care Improvement Act S 131. A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the reproductive assistance provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs to severely wounded, ill, or injured veterans and their spouses, and for other purposes. This bill will provide access to fertility treatment for seriously injured veterans and their spouses, adoption assistance, permanent authority for VA to provide child care, and other elements. On March 5, 2013, U.S. Representative Larsen introduced this bill in the House of Representatives. Find out more about this pending legislation.