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Female veterans’ newborn babies would be eligible for health care through the Department of Veterans Affairs, under a measure now pending on Capitol Hill.
Presently, VA covers these babies for no more than seven days. The Newborn Care Improvement Act would extend that coverage to 14 days.
Reps. Dough Collins, R-Ga., Jackie Walorski, R-Ind., Chrissy Houlahan, D-Pa., and Susie Lee, D-Nev., introduced the bill, which is identical to a measure that failed to pass last year.
The coverage is necessary, Collins stated, because of the unique and special hardships many female veterans with impending motherhood face.
“Female veterans often face unique medical challenges – including pregnancy complications – as a direct result of service to their country,” Collins said in a press release posted on his web site.
Collins cited statistics that show female veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)  are 35 percent more likely to deliver their child prematurely.
The measure now awaits action by the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee.
Sens. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., sponsored comparable legislation in the Senate.