RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association Advocates for Military Families and Veterans at Capitol Hill Briefing Hosted by Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA)

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RESOLVE President/CEO Barbara Collura provided an update on the organization’s advocacy efforts supporting two key pieces of legislation that would benefit military couples facing infertility: The Family Act and The Women Veterans and Other Health Care Improvement Act of 2013.

RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association

Military families facing infertility deserve our help, and the Family Act and the Women Veterans and Other Health Care Improvement Act are ways that Congress can positively make a difference today.

Barbara Collura, President/CEO of RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, participated in a panel discussion today on Capitol Hill addressing the financial and emotional impact an infertility diagnosis has on our nation’s military families. The briefing was hosted by Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA).

“As the senior female on the Armed Services Committee, I know very well how much military families sacrifice to protect our country and our way of life,” said Sanchez. “When dealing with infertility, as many Americans do, military families face even more challenges. Separations and location changes interrupt the fertility treatment process, and worst of all, the DoD offers very limited coverage of fertility services. We must make sure these families receive the support they need, and support them in all aspects of their lives as they continue their mission to keep America safe.”

Collura provided an update on the organization’s advocacy efforts supporting two key pieces of legislation that would benefit military couples facing infertility. The Family Act would create a tax credit for the out-of-pocket costs associated with infertility medical treatment. The Women Veterans and Other Health Care Improvement Act of 2013, recently introduced by Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA), would expand the health care and reproductive treatment options available to wounded veterans.

Also speaking on behalf of the infertility community were patient advocate Amanda Land and Dr. Mark Payson. Land’s husband is in the U.S. Army, and the couple has been struggling with infertility for four years. She created a popular Facebook page dedicated to providing support to others in the military diagnosed with infertility. Mark Payson, M.D., is a Reproductive Endocrinologist with Dominion Fertility in Arlington, Virginia. Dr. Payson was previously an active duty Navy Commander and director of the military’s largest IVF program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

“Military families facing infertility deserve our help, and the Family Act and the Women Veterans and Other Health Care Improvement Act are ways that Congress can positively make a difference today,” stated Barbara Collura, President/CEO of RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association. “RESOLVE is committed to getting both pieces of legislation passed, and we will have more than 100 advocates on Capitol Hill speaking to their elected officials about this legislation when we hold Advocacy Day on May 8.”

RESOLVE provides useful resources developed specifically for military couples on its website, including an overview of infertility treatment coverage, a listing of military treatment facilities offering IVF procedures, and personal stories. RESOLVE has also recently introduced a new online listing of clinics and family building professionals that offer discounts to active duty military and veterans.

One in eight U.S. couples of childbearing age is diagnosed with infertility. For more information, visit http://www.resolve.org.
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About RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association: Established in 1974, RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association is a non-profit organization with the only established, nationwide network mandated to promote reproductive health and to ensure equal access to all family building options for men and women experiencing infertility or other reproductive disorders. One in eight U.S. couples of childbearing age is diagnosed with infertility. RESOLVE addresses this public health issue by providing community to these women and men, connecting them with others who can help, empowering them to find resolution and giving voice to their demands for access to all family building options. For more information, visit http://www.RESOLVE.org.

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez is proud to represent California’s 46th Congressional District, which includes the cities of Anaheim, Santa Ana, and parts of the cities of Garden Grove and Orange in Orange County. She serves as Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces and the second ranked Democrat on the Committee on Homeland Security. Rep. Sanchez is also a member of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition and sits on the bipartisan, bicameral Joint Economic Committee.

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