Veterans with a service-connected disability that results in infertility will now be able to receive reimbursement for adoption expenses as a result of a new rule recently approved by VA. The final interim rule was published in the Federal Register on March 5, 2018, and became effective upon publication.
While mobile military life isn’t a barrier to adoption, there are some aspects of adoption that are unique to military life. A Military OneSource adoption consultant is specially trained in military adoptions and can help you navigate the process.
Consultants can offer information on various types of adoption, financial assistance, helpful agencies and more.
The military offers adoption reimbursement to families, with eligible service members able to receive up to $2,000 per adopted child and up to $5,000 per calendar year. Active duty, National Guard and reserve service members and their families are eligible for free, confidential adoption consultations.
National Military Family Association
Your heart is open to having a child in your lives or adding to your family. You’ve talked about it and agreed that adoption is the route you want to take. Arm yourself with information before you even call an adoption agency. There is a lot to learn about the adoption process. Search out other military families in your community who have adopted. Ask lots of questions.
Office of Work-Life Programs – Adoption Reimbursement (Coast Guard)
The Adoption Reimbursement Program is available to the following members of Team Coast Guard:
Active Duty Coast Guard
Coast Guard Reservists on active duty for at least 180 days
Note: All other member of Team Coast Guard, while not eligible for reimbursement, are encouraged to use the National Adoption Directory and other web sites provided below to assist them in obtaining adoption information. .
Purpose of Program – The Adoption Reimbursement Program is intended to subsidize the adoption of children under 18 years of age for members of the Coast Guard.
Military Treatment Facilities
There are six major MTFs that, in conjunction with civilian partners, handle the full range of fertility treatments:
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) – Bethesda, Maryland
Tripler Army Medical Center (TAMC) – Honolulu, Hawaii
Womack Army Medical Center (WAMC) – Fayetteville, North Carolina
Madigan Army Medical Center (MAMC) – Tacoma, Washington
San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC) – San Antonio, Texas
Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) – San Diego, California
The portion of the civilian partner care not covered by Tricare is billable to the patient, but because so much of the care is handled by the MTF, the cost is much lower than civilian procedures.
Bob Woodruff Foundation IVF Fund
Supporting programs that help veterans begin a family is rooted in the Bob Woodruff Foundation mission—to find, fund, and shape innovative programs that help veterans, service members and their families thrive. VIVA complements the Department of Veteran Affairs’ efforts to provide in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment to veterans who have lost the ability to conceive due to injuries incurred during service to our nation.
Military Adoption Benefits for Active Duty Families Include:
Up to $2,000 reimbursement for adoption expenses
Up to 21 days of adoption leave to bond with your new child
Health care benefits before the adoption is final
Read up on the adoption process. A good overall background can be obtained at the Child Welfare Information Gateway. This site, run by the Department of Health and Human Services, provides non-biased information about the process, different types of adoption, different agencies, and a glossary of terms. Another helpful resource is a publication from the Children’s Bureau and AdoptUSKids.
Compassionate Corps Program
You served our country’s needs, and now we are here to serve yours. If you are a veteran or the spouse of a veteran who is suffering from infertility, you may be eligible for the Compassionate Corps Program. This program provides free fertility medication to those who are eligible.
The Compassionate Corps Program helps expand EMD Serono Fertility’s mission of advocating for people who want to have a child.
To be eligible for the Compassionate Corps Program, you must:
Eligibility is based on qualifying annual household gross income and first-time participation in the Compassionate Care Program. Program is available only at participating pharmacies. Patients must present a valid prescription for an eligible drug
Eligible patients can use the Compassionate Care Program for multiple cycles each year
Patients must reapply each year
Benefit for patients with demonstrated financial need and a valid prescription for Gonal-f® (follitropin alfa for injection), Ovidrel® PreFilled Syringe (choriogonadotropin alfa injection), or Cetrotide® (cetrorelix acetate for injection)
Benefit is available at participating pharmacies only
Qualifying patients can save 75%, 50%, or 25% off the available self-pay price at the participating pharmacy
Eligible active, veteran or retired US military receive a minimum of 25% off and might be eligible for additional savings up to 50% or 75% off the self-pay price of select EMD Serono Fertility medication
Patients must present a valid prescription for an eligible drug at a participating pharmacy
EMD Serono reserves the right to rescind, revoke, terminate, or amend the Compassionate Care Program at any time without notice
Offer not valid for prescriptions that may be covered under private or public insurance or reimbursed under a federal or state healthcare program, including Medicare, Medicaid, TRICARE, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense, or any other similar state healthcare program, including any state medical pharmaceutical assistance program. If you become insured by any private or government insurance you must notify the EMD Serono Compassionate Care program by calling 1-855-541-5926
Patients may not combine this program with any rebate, coupon, free trial, or similar offer
Offer is not transferable and expires one year after program enrollment, unless earlier terminated by EMD Serono
Compassionate Care is not an insurance program
RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association
If you are in the military or your spouse is, you’ll need to know what your options are for treatment for your infertility. First things first, know what is covered! The good news is, there are a few options for receiving care such as a basic fertility workup, IUIs or an IVF procedure.
The Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine (CCRM) network offers U.S. veterans and those in active duty a substantial discount on in-vitro fertilization (IVF) services. The discount will be available at all of CCRM’s U.S. locations, including:
[For the New York state area]
Offers free IUI and IVF to military members who have sustained injuries that have affected their fertility and then for everyone else who needs treatment, they have the best prices for IUI and IVF. They also offer a generous military discount. No matter where you live, you can have treatment because they have a team that handles all out-of-state patients
[For the New England area… Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut… etc.]
Fertility Solutions is a proud supporter of the U.S. military. In order to honor veterans and active duty service members, they offer a 20% discount on treatment at their clinic.