Women Veterans Heathcare
Women veterans are eligible for the same VA benefits as male veterans. Comprehensive health services are available to women veterans including primary care, specialty care, mental health care and reproductive health care services VA provides management of acute and chronic illnesses, preventive care, contraceptive services, menopause management, and cancer screenings, including pap smear and mammograms, and gynecology.
Maternity care is covered in the Medical Benefits package to include care for newborn children of women veterans for up to 7 days after birth. VA is also mandated to implement pilot programs to provide child care to women veterans receiving medical care, and to provide readjustment services to women veterans. Infertility evaluation and limited treatments also are available.
Expanding Healthcare services for women veterans is requiring VA to report to Congress on its comprehensive assessment of the barriers in providing health care to women veterans. VA is required to train its mental health providers in the treatment of military sexual trauma.
Women Veterans Program Managers are available at all VA facilities to help veterans seeking treatment and benefits.
Women Veteran Legislation
Congress pays attention to issues that matter most to you only when you communicate what matters. Below are current bills before Congress that involve women veteran issues. Find the member of Congress representing you by clicking here.
HR 930.pdfS 1391.pdf
Women Veteran Healthcare Task Force During the 2009 Legislative Session, HB 2718 was passed forming the Task Force on Women Veterans' Health Care, tasking the group with studying the healthcare needs of women veterans, including but not limited to mental health, in-patient treatment, appropriate care with state and federal systems, as well as identifying gaps in services key to successfully treating women veterans and their gender specific healthcare needs. The task force submitted their findings in October of 2010. Read the report here.
Women Veteran Email List