Summary

1/24/2013--Introduced.Women Veterans and Other Health Care Improvements Act of 2013 - Includes fertility counseling and treatment within authorized Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical services. Directs the Secretary... Read More

Status

This bill was introduced on Jul 24, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

Bill Text

A BILL

To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the reproductive assistance provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs to severely wounded, ill, or injured veterans and their spouses, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ``Women Veterans and Other Health Care Improvements Act of 2013''.

SEC. 2. CLARIFICATION THAT FERTILITY COUNSELING AND TREATMENT ARE MEDICAL SERVICES WHICH THE SECRETARY MAY FURNISH TO VETERANS LIKE OTHER MEDICAL SERVICES.

Section 1701(6) of title 38, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new subparagraph: ``(H) Fertility counseling and treatment, including treatment using assisted reproductive technology.''.

SEC. 3. REPRODUCTIVE TREATMENT AND CARE FOR SPOUSES AND SURROGATES OF VETERANS.

(a) In General.--Subchapter VIII of chapter 17 of title 38, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new section: ``Sec. 1788. Reproductive treatment and care for spouses and surrogates of veterans ``(a) In General.--The Secretary shall furnish fertility counseling and treatment, including through the use of assisted reproductive technology, to a spouse or surrogate of a severely wounded, ill, or injured veteran who has an infertility condition incurred or aggravated in line of duty in the active military, naval, or air service and who is enrolled in the system of annual patient enrollment established under section 1705(a) of this title if the spouse or surrogate and the veteran...

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49 Supporting
27 Opposing
64% 36%

State: CA

6 Supporting
2 Opposing
75% 25%

District: 1st

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Organizations Supporting

RESOLVE supports this bill that will provide fertility counseling and medical treatment to veterans wounded in the line of duty. These veterans have many necessary medical services available to them upon returning home, yet if their military services has rendered them infertile, they have no access to medical treatment to have a child. By providing this coverage, veterans have a chance at the family they always dreamed of. For many wounded veterans, assisted reproductive technologies such as IVF may be their only hope of ever having a biological child with their spouse.

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Senate Bill 131 also provides for an expansion of the pilot childcare program mandated by Public Law 111–163, as part of Section 205 of the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010. The pilot program (recently extended for a single year under HR Bill 1412) currently serves the Veteran populations of Buffalo (NY); Northport (NY); and Tacoma (WA). An expansion of this program, to serve the needs of Veterans nationwide, is necessary. More than 10 percent of Veterans undergoing readjustment counseling and related mental health services miss appointments due to unreliable child care. This severely disrupts their care continuum. The provision in Senate Bill 131 would create a permanent childcare program at VA Centers and increase the likelihood that Veterans were able to access counseling and care necessary to recovery.

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A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the reproductive assistance provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs to severely wounded, ill, or injured veterans and their spouses, and for other purposes

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Users Supporting

I support H.R. 958: Women Veterans and Other Health Care Improvements Act of 2013 because...more than 10% of VA appointments are missed because of inadequate child care. Continuity of care is extremely important to the recovery of returning soldiers. HR 958 will expand the pilot child care program mandated in Public Law 111–163 and allow Veterans to access child care necessary to their seeking medical care. Erin Maynard Vice President, PTSD Survivors of America

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ECMaynard
NY-26
1 year ago

I support S. 131 ("A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the reproductive assistance provided") because as a disabled veteran my family has to date spent over $60,000 of my own money to try and have another child, my issues directly stem from my service connected disability but neither the DoD or the VA cover reproductive issues that were caused by my service. Please put the burden of this back where it belongs, on the government and the system designed to help veterans, so that veterans can have a productive life instead of worry how to pay the next bill that the VA won't cover.

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CA
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Kevin_In_California
CA-9
2 years ago

Users Opposing

I oppose S. 131 ("A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the reproductive assistance provided") because... this should not single ut women. It should be for all vets.

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Anonymous306048
KY-4
2 years ago

Bill Summary

1/24/2013--Introduced.Women Veterans and Other Health Care Improvements Act of 2013 - Includes fertility counseling and treatment within authorized Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical services. Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to furnish such counseling and treatment, including the use of assisted reproductive technology, to a spouse or surrogate of a severely wounded, ill, or injured veteran who has an infertility condition incurred or aggravated in the line of duty and who is enrolled in the VA health care system, as long as the spouse and veteran apply jointly for such counseling and treatment. Authorizes the Secretary to pay to any such veteran an amount to assist in the adoption of one or more children. Directs the Secretary to: (1) report annually to the congressional veterans committees on the counseling and treatment provided under this Act; (2) prescribe regulations on the furnishing of such counseling, treatment, and adoption assistance; and (3) coordinate the furnishing of such counseling and treatment with that provided by the Department of Defense (DOD). Directs the Secretary to facilitate research conducted collaboratively by the Secretaries of Defense and Health and Human Services (HHS) in order to improve VA's ability to meet the long-term reproductive health care needs of veterans who have a service-connected genitourinary disability or a condition that was incurred or aggravated in the line of duty, such as a spinal cord injury, that affects the veterans' ability to reproduce. Requires the Secretary to enhance the capabilities of the VA women veterans contact center: (1) to respond to requests for assistance with accessing VA health care and benefits, and (2) for referral to community resources to obtain assistance with services not furnished by the VA. Amends the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010 relating to a pilot program of group retreat reintegration and readjustment counseling for women veterans recently separated from service to: (1) increase from at least 3 to at least 14 the number of locations for such counseling, and (2) extend the pilot program for an additional 2 years. Directs the Secretary to carry out a pilot program of providing child care assistance to veterans receiving or in need of VA readjustment counseling and related mental health services. Directs the Secretary to impose, as a contract condition, a contractor user fee with respect to each contract entered into by the VA for a good or service. Provides for the determination of fee amounts. Authorizes the Secretary to waive such fee if the contractor is an individual or a small business. Establishes in the Treasury the Department of Veterans Affairs Fertility Counseling and Treatment Fund. Provides for the deposit into such Fund of all contractor user fee amounts.

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