by: ASRM Office of Public Affairs
Orginally published in ASRM Bulletin Volume 19, Number 2
Today, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs issued the rule
implementing the IVF benefit for wounded veterans required by public law
114-223 (previously HR 5325). Importantly, the rule was issued as an
Interim Final rule, meaning it has an immediate effective date.
you know, the VA has been unable to provide ART services until now,
while active duty services members with these same injuries are provided
access to this care under a DoD policy effective in 2012. The VA rule
is modeled after the existing IVF benefit available under DoD policy,
with definitions that parallel the DoD policy guidance, including
limitations of the IVF benefit.
Fixing this gap in coverage
for our veterans has been a major goal of ASRM and the highest priority
for our advocacy efforts. Clearly, our work is not done. ASRM will
continue to advocate that this benefit be a permanent benefit for our
wounded veterans (it currently will sunset) and that the VA have the
resources it needs to reimburse for the IVF benefit.
being said, today is a day to celebrate our collective achievements!
Many ASRM members came to Washington to lobby on this issue and made
themselves available when it mattered most. Others spoke to their
Members of Congress at home, called, wrote, tweeted, posted and authored
opinion pieces about this issue. Every one of these actions was
important and played a part in this monumental achievement.
also worked very collaboratively with RESOLVE: The National Infertility
Association and a coalition of veterans’ organizations over the past
several years to advocate for this coverage for wounded veterans. ASRM
is proud to have worked to help advance this legislation, introduced
more than five years ago by Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Rick Larsen, and
to gain the support of many other Members of Congress, including Sen.
Mark Kirk and Rep. Charlie Dent. Sen. Murray issued a statement hailing
the new benefit last evening.
We understand the VA and its
contractors are in the process of reaching out to SART clinics to put in
place a system for providing this care and we encourage you to consider
working with the VA in this important endeavor.
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