Originally Posted by minkajane
This can't be true. I just got my third IUI a couple of weeks ago at Wright-Patterson AFB. The IUIs were done on the base by a military provider. I haven't had to pay for any of my medications, ultrasounds, or testing, and I'm not even covered under Tricare - I'm just a VA referral.
Also, I spoke to my doc about what we'd do if we did IVF. He said we'd do everything we could in the MTF, like ultrasounds or medications, and just do what they didn't have at the MTF at an outside facility. That and not having to pay the doc is why IVF would be so much cheaper than going to a civilian facility entirely.
Ok maybe I didn't explain that very clearly the first time, sorry.
If you are doing IVF/IUI at a MTF then yes, they cover everything (except sperm wash at some places for IUI) for your cycle. That is because those MTF's have special federal grants, that allow them the funds/time to have those programs. The only money you pay is when the MTF has to use a civilian lab for something (ex:sperm wash, embryologist, embryology lab, etc...)
If you are NOT in a location where there is a military IVF/IUI program then they will refer you to a civilian RE. That is when they will not pay for ANYTHING that is related to artificial insemination (like IUI or IVF). As long as you are trying to conceive naturally (sex) then they will cover everything.
Does that make better sense?
Oh and on a side note, Has Wright-Patterson AF started it's IVF program back up? Last I heard it was on an indefinite hold? That would be great for so many women in that area if they did. Good Luck!