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Serving Our Veterans: Discounted Fertility Treatments for Wounded Warriors

November 10 , 2015
by: ASRM

An access to care program from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology and their members. 

“The men and women in our armed forces go where our nation’s leaders direct them, serve in difficult and often dangerous conditions and do so with admirable dedication and professionalism. As a nation, we owe them our freedom. When they are wounded serving their country, we have an obligation to care for them and to strive to make them whole again.”  Rebecca Z. Sokol, MD, ASRM President, from an Op-Ed published in the Baltimore Sun Oct 19, 2015. 

Urge your Member of Congress to CoSponsor HR 2257, Ending the Dept of VA Ban on IVF 

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Unfortunately, due to a law passed in the early 90’s, the Department of Veterans Affairs is prohibited from providing In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) treatments for veterans whose service injuries have left them needing IVF to have children.  ASRM has been working to change this law, but so far Congress has failed to act.  The nation’s infertility clinics and the health professionals who work in them are simply unwilling to allow our nation’s political paralysis to continue to deny these needed treatments to the veterans who need them.

Accordingly, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) and its members are going to take action.

This Veteran’s Day, ASRM and SART announce the 
“Serving our Veterans” program.

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DOD Policy
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ASRM Press Release
 
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Participating clinics have agreed to provide deeply discounted IVF treatment cycles to those veterans whose service related injuries damaged their reproductive systems.

While the exact nature of the discount will be determined by each individual participating clinic, ASRM/SART are recommending that each clinic follow the eligibility criteria established for active-duty personnel by the Department of Defense, that they discount their services by at least 50% and, in order to spread the opportunity broadly, that each clinic is able to cap the number of discounted cycles it offers.

ASRM and SART believe that the United States government ultimately should bear the burden of making its service members whole again. This program is designed to be temporary and will expire when Congress does the right thing and lifts the ban on IVF services through the VA or when the 114th Congress adjourns, whichever comes first.

*On this site is a list of SART member clinics that have indicated they will participate in the “Serving Our Veterans” program and offer discounted IVF services to certain veterans with service-related injuries affecting their reproductive health. Specific eligibility criteria, discount levels, and other requirements are determined by each clinic and may vary. Veterans who are interested in this program should contact the clinic(s) listed to determine whether they qualify and what services are available.

This Web page contains links to miscellaneous ASRM announcements that do not fall into a typical publication category (e.g., Press Releases or News Briefs).

Also see: FDA announcements and NIH announcements

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