WASHINGTON — Veterans advocates will try again this year to provide in vitro fertilization coverage for veterans wounded in war after an unsuccessful legislative fight last session.
Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Wash., introduced a measure Tuesday to provide advanced fertility treatments and adoption assistance to any veteran who cannot conceive children because of injuries sustained in military service. The Department of Defense covers in vitro fertilization and other such procedures for active duty troops, but the Department of Veterans Affairs does not.
“Disabled veterans have already paid too high a price in service to our nation,” Larsen said in a statement. “Veterans deserve access to advanced fertility treatment and adoption assistance so they can achieve their dreams of starting families.”
The bill, which also includes an expansion of health care services for women veterans, mirrors legislation introduced by Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., last year. That measure advanced through the Senate but stalled in the House. She re-introduced the bill in January.
Staffers believe almost 2,000 veterans would qualify under the legislation, most injured by roadside bombs and improvised explosive devices. Republicans have raised concerns about how to offset the costs of the proposal.
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