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Women Veterans and Families Health Services Act, S 700 and H.R. 1681

Updated June 12, 2017

Make #IVF4Vets a permanent program. Our advocates were successful in securing funding so that the Veterans Administration can offer IVF for wounded Vets in FY 2017 and FY 2018, but it did not lift the ban permanently. We will ask Congress to make #IVF4Vets permanent through passage of the Women Veterans and Families Health Services Act. Send a letter today to your Senators and Representative and show your support for our veterans. 

The U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives passed the MilCon-VA Appropriations bill for FY 2017 which included an amendment to allocate funds to the Veterans Administration to offer IVF to wounded Veterans and provides for adoption assistance to wounded Veterans. The appropriation will allow the VA to offer IVF to wounded Veterans for the first time ever, for FY 2017 and FY 2018. The passage of this bill signifies a tremendous victory for RESOLVE and its partners, and especially for its advocates, who have advocated for this change at every Advocacy Day for the past four years.

Though DoD can provide IVF treatment, too many service members are excluded from eligibility for this and other treatments. The VA is completely barred from providing IVF services because of an outdated regulation. S 700/HR 1681 would expand VA and DoD’s current fertility treatment and counseling offerings, and empower severely injured service members and veterans to start families when the time is right for them. The bill would lift VA’s IVF ban and expand Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) treatments beyond DoD’s current policy limitations. The bill would also provide access to fertility treatment for spouses, allow VA to offer adoption assistance, and make permanent the highly successful child care pilot program in VA.

Through the Women Veterans and Families Health Services Act, veterans have a chance at the family they always dreamed of. For many wounded veterans, assisted reproductive technologies such as IVF may be their only hope of ever having a biological child with their spouse/partner.

House of Representatives Co-Sponsors:

  1. Lisa Blunt Rochester [D-DE]
  2. Peter DeFazio [D-OR]
  3. Suzan DelBene [D-WA]
  4. Debbie Dingell [D-MI]
  5. Denny Heck [D-WA]
  6. Jared Huffman [D-CA]
  7. Sheila Jackson Lee [D-TX]
  8. Derek Kilmer [D-WA]
  9. Betty McCollum [D-MN]
  10. James McGovern [D-MA]
  11. Seth Moulton [D-MA]
  12. Beto O'Rourke [D-TX]
  13. Bobby Rush [D-IL]
  14. Tim Ryan [D-OH]
  15. David Scott [D-GA]
  16. Kyrsten Sinema [D-AZ]
  17. Dina Titus [D-NV]
  18. Debbi Wasserman Schultz [D-FL]

Senate Co-Sponsors:

  1. Tammy Baldwin [D-WI]
  2. Michael F. Bennet [D-CO]
  3. Richard Blumenthal [D-CT]
  4. Sherrod Brown [D-OH]
  5. Kirsten Gillibrand [D-NY]
  6. Jon Tester [D-MT]

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