Veteran upset after being denied insurance coverage for IVF treatments – WSB-TV Channel 2
ATLANTA – Navy veteran Chiquita Oden says she is one of many people who have been denied insurance coverage for in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments.
“I’ve always wanted to have a child of my own,” says Oden.
Oden says it’s the denial of insurance coverage that could put his dream of starting a family on hold.
“I don’t know if it’s because of my sexual orientation or because I’m a single woman,” Oden says.
The Navy veteran says she endured 18 months of IVF treatments.
“These are four injections that I had to give myself, twice a day.”
They were once covered by his insurance through the VA Medical Center.
Oden says she was taken aback after receiving a letter saying she was no longer covered.
The letter states that Oden did not qualify for the VA to cover IVF treatments.
According to VA insurance regulations, benefits are only permitted for opposite-sex married couples who are capable of producing their own sperm or eggs.
“This language should be changed and care for veterans needs to be better,” Oden said.
There has been a recent push from Washington for changes to what some call archaic language.
A study by the Journal of Women’s Health found that the rate of infertility among female veterans was 50% higher than that of the general female population.
“With advanced age, time is running out. I have to hurry and do this, and now I only have one functional fallopian tube, ”Oden said.
Oden says if her coverage wears off, she could pay $ 20,000 for a round of IVF.
The Veterans Infertility Treatment Act 2021 was introduced this year in hopes of expanding coverage for fertility treatments.
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