ACTIVE DUTY/VETERANS CARE
ACTIVE DUTY/VETERANS CARE AT TFAFC
As a military veteran himself, Dr. Troché has a deep connection and respect for those who now serve or have served their country. TFAFC is pleased to participate in programs that benefit both active duty personnel and veterans.
- Recently Congress passed a bill expanding infertility services to veterans with service-related infertility. The bill states that the Veteran’s Administration (VA) may provide fertility counseling and treatments, including IVF, to the spouse of a veteran with a service-related disability when the disability necessitates the use of fertility treatments to procreate. This is an expansion of the same benefits to which active duty personnel are entitled. If the infertility is not the result of service-connected reproductive injuries (such as spinal cord or genital injuries) the VA will cover treatments such as infertility counseling, blood testing, vasectomy and tubal ligation reversals and medications. Funding for treatments has been authorized through September 2018.
- Also passed this year, a pilot program where active duty personnel can freeze (cryopreserve) their sperm or eggs. This service is open to all members, not just those deploying, Service members can seek care through private clinics, such as TFAFC, vetted through Tricare. “We can help our men and women preserve their ability to start a family even if they suffer certain combat injuries,” Defense Secretary Ashe Carter said. “That’s why we will cover the cost of freezing sperm or eggs through a pilot program for active-duty service members.”
- TFAFC offers an IVF discount for all military personnel currently on active duty.
- Additionally, TFAFC works with specialty pharmacies who offer discounts for fertility medications to active duty and veteran personnel. Merck offers their First Steps program and EMD Serono’s Compassionate Care program are examples of these quality programs that are designed to give back to those who have served their country.