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New Bill Considers Adding In Vitro Fertilization to VA Coverage

by Staff Blogger | August 21st, 2012

Aug. 21, 2012

Veterans who have come home injured after time in the military are getting more assistance than ever before to help lead a normal, healthy lifestyle. KTTC News reports a new bill currently being considered by the Senate would add in vitro fertilization coverage for soldiers who have suffered fertility issues.

In vitro fertilization involves fertilizing an egg in a laboratory setting and inserting the embryo into a woman’s uterus. The process can be extremely expensive, yet it often proves to be the most effective type of artificial insemination.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) currently considers some fertility treatments a Birmingham veterans benefit under their plan, such as intrauterine insemination, but these procedures may not always be effective in helping an injured soldier start a family.

The new coverage would help in cases such as that of a 29-year-old Marine shot seven years ago in Iraq and left without function below his waistline. Unable to have children, he turned to the VA for help, but was denied. After spending nearly $6,000 and receiving plenty of donations made by others, the soldier and his wife are now parents of 8-month-old twins resulting from in vitro fertilization.

The Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers understand how frustrating receiving benefits from the VA can be, and would encourage any returning soldier who has had their claim denied to contact a knowledgeable attorney immediately to discuss their legal options.