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    All Troops Could Have IVF Covered by Military Health Care Under Proposal in Must-Pass Defense Bill

    All Troops Could Have IVF Covered by Military Health Care Under Proposal in Must-Pass Defense Bill

    Service members and dependents would be able to get fertility treatments such as in vitro fertilization covered by health care in any circumstance, under an amendment added to the Senate's version of the annual must-pass defense policy bill.

    Under the amendment sponsored by Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., Tricare Prime and Tricare Select would be required to cover a range of fertility treatments, including IVF, regardless of the beneficiary's medical diagnosis, sex, sex characteristics, gender identity, sexual orientation or marital status, according to a summary obtained by Military.com. The measure was added to the bill during a closed-door debate last week.

    If passed into law, that would mark a major expansion of benefits for service members and their families. Right now, only service members who are severely ill or injured or those service members' partners can get fertility treatments covered by the military.

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    “Even before I was wounded, I had made the difficult decision to delay building a family because I knew getting pregnant would impact my ability to be an aviator — and to advance in the career I loved,” Duckworth, a retired Army National Guard lieutenant colonel who lost both of her legs in a helicopter crash in , said in a statement last week after her amendment was included in the Senate Armed…

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