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December 13, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Senate lifts ban on VA funding for in-vitro fertilization

By unanimous consent, The U.S. Senate Thursday approved a bill introduced by Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wa., that would end a ban on Department of Veterans Affairs funding of in-vitro fertilization services.

The bill was introduced by Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wa, who chairs the Senate Veteran Affairs’ Committee.

In remarks on the Senate floor Thursday, she noted that — between 2003 and 2008 — nearly 2,000 service members suffered reproductive and urinary trauma injuries. Due to a lack of insurance coverage, some of these injured service members and veterans have had to pay for in-vitro services out of their own pocket

“I have heard from these severely injured veterans, and while the details of these stories vary, the common thread that runs through them all is that these veterans were unable to obtain the type of assistance they need,” Murray said.

Rep. Rick Larson, D-Wa., has introduced companion legislation in the House.

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