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Our Priority: Ensure Equitable Infertility Care for Wounded Warriors and Veterans

Why the Issue Matters

Infertility is a disease that impacts countless individuals and families. In fact, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in eight couples experience difficulty getting pregnant or sustaining a pregnancy. Additionally, there is a disconnection between soldiers who fought for our country and were injured and their ability to access fertility treatment. The Veterans Administration has no mechanism to cover fertility treatment, the AUA continues to make this one of our major priorities.

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What the AUA is Doing

Active Legislation
The Access to Infertility Treatment and Care Act (H.R. 2803/S. 1461), introduced by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-03) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), would provide those who receive their healthcare through government-sponsored health plans, including TRICARE, the VA, the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program and others, to have coverage for infertility services. Provides access to vital fertility preservation services for those, like cancer patients, who are at risk of infertility due to medical treatments such as chemotherapy and surgery.

The Women Veterans and Families Health Services Act (H.R. 955/S. 319), introduced by Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA-02) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), would permanently allow veterans with a service-connected injury causing infertility to access IVF medical treatments, which the Department of Veterans Affairs is currently offering via a temporary appropriation that must be renewed every year.

Learn more about AUA activites in these blog posts:
AUA Advocacy Snapshot: Week of July 29, 2019
AUA Advocacy Snapshot: Week of June 17, 2019

Coalition Activity
The AUA partners with RESOLVE – The National Infertility Association to address various infertility issues impacting civilians around the country and members of the U.S. military.

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