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VICTORY! – Congress Passes Appropriations Bill that Includes Measure to Allow the VA to Provide IVF Services to Injured Veterans!

ASRM Bulletins September 28, 2016

Both the House and Senate have now finally passed, and sent to President Obama for his expected signature, HR 5325, a bill which funds the government for the start of Fiscal Year 2017.  The bill contains two provisions of particular importance to ASRM members.

FDA Amends Donor Embryo Regulations

ASRM Bulletins June 24, 2016

In a new final rule published in Wednesday’s Federal Register, FDA has amended regulations on donor eligibility, including the screening and testing of donors of particular human cells, tissues, and cellular ant tissue-based products (HCT/Ps).

U.S. House Passes Bill to Allow IVF for Wounded Veterans

ASRM Bulletins June 23, 2016

At 3:00 am this morning and in the midst of a dramatic and hours long contentious sit-in on the House floor over the gun control debate, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that would allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to begin to offer IVF services to wounded veterans.  HR 2577, is a conference report to fund Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and related agencies and is a compromise between versions of the bill passed in both the House and Senate in the previous weeks. ASRM, working with RESOLVE and a coalition of veterans organizations, successfully lobbied those Members of Congress working to draft the compromise bill and urged them to retain the IVF provision, despite opposition from conservative groups with moral objections to assisted reproductive technologies.

ASRM Announces Appointment of New Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Sue Gitlin to Join ASRM Staff in the Fall.

ASRM Bulletins May 24, 2016

Washington DC – The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) today announced the hiring of Sue Gitlin, PhD as its new Chief Scientific Officer. Dr. Gitlin will join the ASRM staff in September for a transition period and fully assume her duties in 2017.

ASRM Praises Senate for Acting to Lift Ban on VA Providing IVF Care to Wounded Veterans

ASRM Bulletins May 19, 2016

Today the U.S. Senate voted 89-8 to pass HR 2577, an appropriations measure funding Transportation-Housing and Urban Development and related agencies. The bill was combined with a measure to also fund Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, which included a provision giving the Department of VA the funds to begin providing IVF services to wounded veterans in need of assisted reproduction.

RESOLVE’s Annual Advocacy Day is May 11, 2016

ASRM Bulletins April 20, 2016

Please join RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and ASRM President Dr. Owen Davis for RESOLVE’s annual Advocacy Day event on May 11, 2016 in Washington, DC.  RESOLVE’s Advocacy Day brings infertility patients and professionals together to advocate on Capitol Hill for legislation important to our community. This year, RESOLVE hopes to bring more than 200 advocates from all over the country to speak with Members of Congress about infertility issues.

Key Senate Committee Approves Amendment to Provide Access to IVF for Wounded Veterans

ASRM Bulletins April 14, 2016

Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed an amendment to a funding measure to allow the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) to cover the cost of reproductive services, including IVF, for veterans who need infertility treatment due to injuries incurred in their service to our country.  Active duty service members injured in this manner have access to IVF care, whereas a longstanding ban on IVF coverage at the VA prevents access for similarly wounded veterans.

New Data for 2014 Show Increases in IVF Effectiveness and Safety

ASRM Bulletins April 12, 2016

Washington, DC - Today, The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology released its latest data on IVF and related procedures. In 2014, 375 SART member clinics performed 190,384 ART cycles and 65,175 babies were delivered using ART from SART clinics. These numbers may be adjusted as results come in from ongoing pregnancies. This is an increase from the 174,962 cycles done in 2013 and the births of 63,286 babies resulting from them.

National Infertility Awareness Week is April 24-30, 2016

ASRM Bulletins April 11, 2016

National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW) is a collaborative effort on the part of the millions of women and men diagnosed with infertility and the nation’s medical, mental health, family building experts and policymakers to raise awareness about infertility.

American Society for Reproductive Medicine Issues Guidance Document on Zika Virus

ASRM Bulletins April 07, 2016

Washington DC – The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) today issued a new document “Guidance for Providers Caring for Women and Men of Reproductive Age with Possible Zika Virus Exposure.”  The report is intended to help physicians and other health care providers who are treating and counseling patients concerned about Zika’s impact on reproduction.


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