Senate votes to cover fertility care for female military service members

Senate Veterans Affair Committee Chairwoman Patty MurrayPatty MurraySenate backs equal pay for female soccer players Feds can learn lessons from states about using data to inform policy Lawmakers blast poultry, meat industries over worker injuries MORE (D-Wash.) introduced the Women Veterans and Other Health Care Improvement Act of 2012, S. 3313, which would improve VA services for women veterans and veteran spouses and end the ban on (IVF) services at VA to help severely wounded veterans start families.

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“[Veterans] are told that despite the fact that they’ve made such an extreme sacrifice for our nation we can’t provide them the medical service they need to start a family,” Murray said on the floor Thursday before the measure passed by a voice-vote. “Any service member who sustains this type of injury deserves so much more.”

Murray cited a Pentagon report that showed since 2003, nearly 2,000 veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan suffered pelvic fractures and genitourinary injuries that could affect their abilities to reproduce.

Murray said the Department of Defense currently provides access to IVF services and coverage at no charge to severely combat wounded service members. Murray’s bill would provide veterans with the same access through TRICARE, the military healthcare system.

The bill now heads to the House for further action.

Sens. Mark BegichMark BegichEx-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm Unable to ban Internet gambling, lawmakers try for moratorium Dem ex-lawmakers defend Schumer on Iran MORE (D-Alaska), Barbara MikulskiBarbara MikulskiSenate backs equal pay for female soccer players Lawmakers push to elevate Cyber Command in Senate defense bill Dems discuss dropping Wasserman Schultz MORE (D-Md.), Bernie SandersBernie SandersFive things Clinton needs to do to win the California primary Clinton adds Calif. stops heading into final week Striking Verizon workers reach tentative deal MORE (I-Vt.) and Jon TesterJon TesterSanders tests Wasserman Schultz Wasserman Schultz fights to keep her job It's time we empower veterans with entrepreneurial skills MORE (D-Mont.) co-sponsored the bill.

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