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Long Island IVF’s National Infertility Awareness Week Events

By Tracey Minella

April 15th, 2013 at 3:47 pm


Long Island IVF is pleased to offer an exciting series of seminars for National Infertility Awareness Week 2013. The five (5) seminars in our “Evenings of Education” series will be packed with information on many areas of interest to those trying to conceive. Each event will be led by a different expert at Long Island IVF.

All seminars, which will run for approximately two hours, will take place at our beautiful, centrally-located Melville offices at 8 Corporate Center Drive, Suite 101, Melville, New York and start at 6:30 pm. (Please note the one exception is “The Complete IVF Donor Egg Program” which starts at 7:00 pm). Refreshments will be served at all events. Pre-registration is encouraged.

These seminars are designed to answer all the questions you may have no matter where you are along your journey to parenthood. Maybe you know… or suspect… that you’re suffering from PCOS and worry about its impact on your fertility. Or maybe you’ve been trying to conceive and have been unable to get pregnant, or have suffered from recurrent miscarriages, and think it might be time to move on to an infertility specialist. Maybe you need help dealing with the stress of infertility itself, as well as the financial stress it can bring. Maybe you’re considering getting a second opinion or are questioning the whether the fit is right with your current reproductive endocrinologist.

Take the next step. Come to one…or all…of our seminars. Get a feel for the personal touch we bring to infertility treatment and see what makes our program different from those hospital-based programs that treat you like a number.

Long Island IVF …celebrating our 25th anniversary this year…is the first successful IVF program on Long Island. We brought Long Island its first IVF baby, its first FET baby, and its first donor egg baby. Come meet us during National Infertility Awareness Week. We’ll be looking forward to seeing you.

Here is the Seminar Schedule:

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.: “The Complete IVF Donor Egg Program”  

Kicking off NIAW early is the first of five seminars in our “Evenings of Education Series”. Presented by a panel of Long Island IVF doctors and staff (Donor Egg Program Director, Dr. Steven Brenner, Donor Egg Clinical Nurse Coordinator, Vicky Loveland, R.N., and Aviva Zigelman, LCSW) this educational seminar, including a slide show, will discuss why a woman may need donor eggs to conceive. The psychological aspects of being an egg donor or recipient will also be discussed. The entire donor egg program and its various processes will be reviewed, including what sets Long Island IVF’s donor egg program apart from others. The discussion will feature a previously successful recipient who used the donor egg program, as a guest speaker. There is no waiting list for egg donors at Long Island IVF. To register for this FREE seminar, Email: or call 877-838-BABY or 631-752-0606. Location: Long Island IVF, 8 Corporate Center Dr., Suite 101, Melville, NY 11747


Monday, April 22, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.: “Trying to Conceive: The Complete Fertility Workup”   The second of five seminars in our NIAW “Evenings of Education” Series. Presented by Long Island IVF’s Dr. David Kreiner, this educational seminar will help interested people determine when it’s time to see a Reproductive Endocrinologist for assistance in conceiving. Dr. Kreiner will also explain the tests and procedures they may expect as part of a complete fertility evaluation and the full range of available treatment options to maximize the chances for conception. Dr. Kreiner will hold a Q&A session afterwards where attendees may ask him public, or private, questions. Pick the brain of Long Island’s IVF “pioneer” reproductive endocrinologist at the practice that brought Long Island its first IVF baby, first FET baby, and first donor egg baby. Refreshments will be served. To register for this FREE seminar or any of the others we are offering nightly this week, Email: or call 877-838-BABY or 631-752-0606. Location: Long Island IVF, 8 Corporate Center Dr., Suite 101, Melville, NY 11747

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 6:30 pm: “The Mind-Body Program: Use Your Mind to Help You Conceive” Presented by Long Island IVF’s Bina Benisch, R.N., this third seminar in our series will explain how stress hormones, anxiety, and depression physiologically affect the body and how it is crucial to break this cycle to increase your chance to conceive. Relaxation strategies of the Mind-Body program are taught in small, intimate group settings and include breath work, meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, focused mindfulness, and more. Once learned, you can use these coping strategies daily at home. Meet Bina and see if becoming part of this sacred circle of support is right for you.  Refreshments will be served. To register for this FREE seminar or any of the others we are offering nightly this week, Email: or call 877-838-BABY or 631-752-0606. Location: Long Island IVF, 8 Corporate Center Dr., Suite 101, Melville, NY 11747

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 6:30 pm: “Conceiving With PCOS” Presented by Long Island IVF’s Dr. Michael Zinger, this educational seminar, the fourth in our NIAW “Evenings of Education” series will address the most common hormonal disorders of reproductive age women: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. PCOS symptoms vary but the most common are acne, weight gain, extra hair on the face and body, thinning of hair on the scalp, irregular periods and infertility. The most common cause of PCOS is glucose intolerance. Dr. Zinger will discuss the treatment options for PCOS which can not only assist women attempting to conceive, but can help control their symptoms and may prevent long-term health problems. If you are one of the 7% of all women who suffer from this hormonal disorder, you won’t want to miss this seminar. Refreshments will be served. To register for this FREE seminar or any of the others we are offering nightly this week, Email: or call 877-838-BABY or 631-752-0606. Location: Long Island IVF, 8 Corporate Center Dr., Suite 101, Melville, NY 11747

Thursday, April 25, 2013 6:30 pm: “Fertility and Financial Options” Presented by Long Island IVF’s financial counselor, Chris Graffeo, this educational seminar, the fifth in our NIAW “Evenings of Education” series, will help you navigate the maze of health insurance and infertility treatment. You’ll learn how to find out what, if any, insurance benefits you may have for fertility treatment and how to find a participating reproductive endocrinologist. Chris will also discuss how to apply for Department of Health (DOH) IVF grants, how an IVF Refund Program works, and how a case rate plan can help make fertility treatment more affordable to self-pay patients. If the financial aspect of fertility care has you confused, this night is for you.  Refreshments will be served. To register for this FREE seminar or any of the others we are offering nightly this week, Email: or call 877-838-BABY or 631-752-0606. Location: Long Island IVF, 8 Corporate Center Dr., Suite 101, Melville, NY 11747

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Which of these do YOU plan to attend? If there is a topic you’d like covered that you’re not sure fits in to one of the planned discussions, please comment below, or email with your question and we will forward it to one of the doctors. Or just come to one of the seminars and ask the doctor privately.


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Long Island IVF’s Personal Financial Counselor and Payment Options

By Tracey Minella

February 17th, 2013 at 4:45 pm

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For many couples, understanding their infertility diagnosis and treatment options is challenging.  But that can pale in comparison to navigating the financial maze of infertility insurance and payment options for self-pay patients.

Imagine finding out on the day before your retrieval that the IVF cycle you thought was covered, actually isn’t? Fortunately, Long Island IVF can help you avoid such nightmares.

At Long Island IVF, every patient is assigned a “Personal Financial Counselor” that stays with you every step of the way… from the first day you walk through our doors until you’re returned to the care of your OB/GYN. This knowledgeable specialist is a valuable part of your personal treatment team during your time with us.

Your Personal Financial Counselor will act as the liaison between you and your insurance company and help ensure that you know the maximum benefits you may be entitled to for your infertility treatment. She can help explain your coverage, including pre-authorizations, co-pays, doctor referral requirements, and exclusions, if any, before your treatment begins.

Having a Personal Financial Counselor means there will be one specific and knowledgeable person who has your financial back on this journey…freeing you from the frustration of having to explain your whole situation over and over to whoever happens to pick up the phone whenever you call with a question.

Your Personal Financial Counselor can explain monetary or treatment-specific limitations in your policy right upfront when you become a new patient, so you can factor them in when discussing your treatment plan with your doctor. For example, if your plan covers IVF but has a monetary limit, it might affect how many IUIs you’ll want to do before moving on to IVF.

Your Personal Financial Counselor can also advise you about Long Island IVF’s many payment options. There are several different “Self Pay Case Rates” or programs offering bundled services for virtually every treatment protocol,

Long Island IVF also offers two different grant programs to help patients afford IVF treatment: the “IVF Grant” program and the New York State Department of Health, or “DOH Grant” program  You can also reduce your costs if Micro-IVF is appropriate for you

Another financial option available to Long Island IVF patients is the “IVF Refund Program”. Also known as the “IVF Financial Share Program”, this program includes up to three (3) fresh IVF and up to three (3) Frozen Embryo Transfer cycles until a live birth is achieved. If you do not give birth, you receive 70% of your fees for the Program refunded to you. For more information about this program, which is administered through In Vitro Sciences, speak to your Personal Financial Counselor or call In Vitro Sciences directly at (877) 678-1999 to see if you meet the clinical and age criteria.

Don’t let your fear or confusion over the financial issues paralyze you from moving forward with your treatment. Let your Personal Financial Counselor explain and help you maximize any medical benefits, or direct you to the best available Long Island IVF  case rate program, grant, or financial refund program possible.

Having a Personal Financial Counselor will allow you to focus only on your medical treatment… and reducing stress can only benefit your treatment outcome.

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Long Island IVF’s New York State IVF Grant Program: Open Call for Applicants

By Tracey Minella

January 11th, 2013 at 12:00 pm


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We are proud and pleased to announce that Long Island IVF has again been selected by the New York State Department of Health to be a provider in their Infertility Demonstration Program. And we are currently accepting patient applications.

What does this mean for Long Island IVF patients?

It means financial support to insured patients without coverage for In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). This could be the opportunity that many infertile women have been waiting for. It could be the difference between being able to financially afford IVF or not.

The grant funds allocated to Long Island IVF are substantial, but demand for them is understandably high each year, so do not delay. You must already be, or must become, a Long Island IVF patient in order to apply for this grant program.

Patients might be eligible for the Program if they have a combined gross household income under $195,000 annually, as determined by their most recent tax returns, and are:

•    privately insured but insurance coverage for IVF procedures is not a  covered benefit

•    no longer covered for infertility services because their benefit is exhausted

•    a resident of New York State

•    between the ages of 21 and 44

•    clinically infertile and meet other health criteria.

IVF services covered in the Program are paid by New York State after reimbursement of any insurance coverage available, and after a cost sharing amount that the patient is required to pay. This cost sharing amount varies by the patient’s household income and the cost of the procedures, but cannot exceed ten percent of the patient’s gross household income in any one year; therefore, financial support is available on a sliding scale basis.

Long Island IVF offers personalized services at several convenient locations throughout Long Island, in addition to Melville, where the state of the art IVF laboratory is located.

Patients interested in determining whether they are eligible for partici­pation in the Program should contact our Financial Counselor at (631) 752-0606 as soon as possible.

Do not delay. Get yourself on the list for consideration today. If you are not yet a patient, call for your free initial consultation.

Good luck!

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