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New Department of Defense Policies Provide Service Members and Eligible Dependents with Access to Noncovered Reproductive Health Care Services Despite Controversy

BySamantha Nguyen

Mar 27, 2024
U.S. Department of Defense Shares Statistics on Reproductive Health Care Travel Usage

In 2023, the Department of Defense implemented two policies to support service members and eligible dependents in accessing noncovered reproductive health care services. The first policy allows individuals to receive travel and transportation allowances for these services when they are not available near their permanent duty station. This means that service members can travel to another location to access these services and then return to their home station.

According to Deputy Pentagon Press Secretary Sabrina Singh, the policy was used 12 times across the military services between June and December 2023, costing the department about $45,000. However, Singh clarified that this doesn’t necessarily mean that 12 distinct individuals used the policy during that time frame. An individual could have utilized the policy multiple times during that time frame.

Another policy implemented last year allows service members to take administrative absence from their regular duty station for up to 21 days without using leave to receive or accompany a dual-military spouse or dependent receiving noncovered reproductive health care services. These policies cover a range of noncovered reproductive health care services, including egg retrieval, ovarian stimulations, intrauterine insemination, in vitro fertilization, and noncovered abortion. Service members may have their travel costs paid for by the department to access these services, but they are responsible for covering the actual health care costs themselves. These policies aim to provide service members and their families with the time and flexibility needed to make private health care decisions and ensure access to noncovered reproductive health care services regardless of where they are stationed.

By Samantha Nguyen

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