BILLS AND LEGAL CASES IN THE STATES
NEFS, as well as RESOLVE and ASRM, have been active in efforts to help military veterans obtain infertility treatment and specifically IVF, which was excluded from the coverage provided by the Veterans Administration. In 2016, ASRM and SART ran “Serving Our Veterans,” a program to help military veterans afford treatment by offering discounted infertility care to veterans and their partners. At least 10 New England practices enrolled in this program.
In September 2016, we celebrated a significant victory: Congress passed a bill to provide certain wounded veterans with coverage for access to IVF. The benefit is in effect for the next two years. We expect to pursue further legislation to make it permanent.
Personhood Bills, declaring that life and legal rights begin the moment an egg is fertilized
As of Feb. 24, 2017, two embryo-personhood bills have been filed in the U.S. Congress. Personhood bills have also been filed in ten states, although none of them in New England.