Billings Gazette: U.S. Senate passes Tester bill to expand care for women veterans

A bill introduced by U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., passed the Senate unanimously this week, moving forward longstanding efforts to expand the health care and reproductive treatment options available to female veterans.

The Women Veterans and Other Health Care Improvements Act of 2012 would, among other things, end a Department of Veterans Affairs ban on providing in vitro fertilization.

It would expand child care options for vets who seek counseling and other treatment at VA facilities. The bill also expands reproductive services for male veterans.

“As the number of women veterans continues to grow, the VA must adapt to meet the specific health needs of women and their families,” Tester said. “This bill is one more step toward living up to the promises we made to all veterans so they can lead healthy lives.”

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