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Syracuse VA Medical Center

 

Syracuse VA Medical Center Approves Frist In-Vitro Fertilization Patient

October 31, 2017

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Syracuse VA Medical Center Approves Frist In-Vitro Fertilization Patient

Syracuse, NY-Former Army Sergeant Amanda Light 37, of Fort Drum, NY was thrilled last January when the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it was amending its regulation regarding fertility counseling and treatment available to eligible Veterans and spouses and adding In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) to the list of authorized services. Up until that time, VA provided certain infertility services other than IVF to Veterans as part of the medical benefits package.

Amanda’s husband is still on active duty at Ft. Drum, NY. She was discharged from the Army in 2014 after 14 years of service and served two tours in Iraq in 2004 and 2008. She has several service connected disabilities; one of them is related to infertility. “I have been struggling with this since 2009. I did some research and contacted the Women’s Health staff at the Syracuse VA Medical Center and I was just recently approved by the VA to receive community care for infertility treatments, to include IVF, IUI and medications. I am the first Veteran at the Syracuse VA to go through with this process. I want to share my story in hopes of helping fellow Veterans that may or may not know about this new program,” said Light.

This new regulation authorizes IVF for a Veteran with a service-connected disability that results in the inability of the Veteran to procreate without the use of fertility treatment. It also states that VA may provide fertility counseling and treatment using assisted reproductive technologies (ART), including IVF, to a spouse of a Veteran with a service-connected disability that results in the inability of the Veteran to procreate without the use of fertility treatment.

As part of the medical benefits package, VA provides many different types of fertility treatments and procedures to Veterans. These include infertility counseling, laboratory blood testing, surgical correction of structural pathology, reversal of a vasectomy or tubal ligation, medication, and various other diagnostic studies or treatments and procedures.

This regulation requires that VA utilize and optimize existing capabilities for care in the community and develop internal processes that will provide Veterans with a seamless path to receiving ART services.

Veterans can schedule appointments with their local VA for eligibility determinations, clinical evaluation and consultation, and initial treatment as we work to build this structure.

Amanda learned that she was approved for the program in September and began her treatment at CNY Fertility Center in Syracuse in October.

For more information on IVF and eligibility visit: https://www.va.gov/COMMUNITYCARE/programs/veterans/ivf.asp