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Long Island IVF Presents at Free Public Family-Building Forum

By Tracey Minella

August 13th, 2014 at 10:04 am

Long Island IVF is excited to be part of The Tinina Q. Cade Foundation’s free public event on the afternoon of August 23, 2014 at the Jericho Public Library entitled:

Different Pathways Toward Parenthood: An Educational Panel on Overcoming Infertility

This educational event… designed to further the Cade Foundation’s mission of helping families overcome infertility… will feature a panel of five experts in various fields related to family-building, including:

David Kreiner, MD:  Fertility specialist and Reproductive Endocrinologist, Long Island IVF

Carolyn Berger, LCSW: Mental Health Care Provider

Amy Demma, Esq.: Attorney and expert in third party fertility contracts

Jim Vitale, Suffolk County Acupuncture

Timothy Sutfin, New Beginnings Adoption Agency

 

There are many ways to build a family and if you or someone you know would like to know more, you will want to register for and attend this free event to be held at the Jericho Public Library, located at 1 Merry Lane Jericho, NY from 1:00-3:00 pm on Saturday August 23, 2014. And after learning so much about family-building, you may want to kick back and enjoy a fun night out… so be sure to read the bold message at the bottom of this post!

To register for this free educational afternoon event, visit: https://cadelongislandoutreach.eventbrite.com Questions may be directed to the Cade Foundation at (443)896-6504.

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The fun continues…

In addition, those interested in winning a free IVF cycle from Long Island IVF might want to attend a very special infertility fundraiser that same evening, from 6:00-9:00 pm. Long Island IVF and Cade host “Dancing for the Family” at the beautiful Dance With Me Long Island® studio that is home to Dancing with the Stars® champion dancers, in Glen Head, NY. Have a professional dance lesson and dance the night away, enjoying drinks, hors d’oeuvres, desserts and a silent auction for only $65 (or $100 VIP). One lucky attendee will win a Free IVF cycle, valued at approximately $10,000. The cycle is transferable once (subject to certain restrictions), so bring all your friends and family to increase your odds of winning. Tickets are limited so buy yours today. For details and to purchase your tickets to the evening’s dance event, click here: http://bit.ly/1p8hDZ9

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Will we see you at the free event? Do you have any questions you’d like Dr. Kreiner to answer?

 

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Legalizing Compensated Gestational Carriers in New York

By Tracey Minella

June 6th, 2013 at 9:31 pm

 

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For twenty-five years, Long Island IVF has been involved in ground-breaking moments in infertility… from the time it brought Long Island its first IVF baby, first FET baby, and first donor egg baby until today.

This past winter, Long Island IVF, in conjunction with RESOLVE, the National Infertility Association, hosted a Town Hall event at its Melville location, inviting local politicians, patients, and the interested public to support the passage of then-pending legislation known as The Family Act, which sought to provide a federal tax credit to infertile couples in excess of $13,000.00 to offset the costs of infertility treatment. This was the only event of its kind in the New York Metropolitan area and featured popular and respected fertility advocate and reproductive law attorney, Amy Demma, as a guest speaker.

Now we’re answering another advocacy call to action and hope we have your support as well. This time we are supporting the pending Child Parent Security Act (A 6701/S 4617), described by RESOLVE as “a bill which will amend the Family Court Act and Domestic Relations Law to correct a gap in the law regarding children born through assisted reproduction. The goal of the legislation is to provide legal certainty, and therefore security, to the children conceived through these technologies”.

Although compensated gestational carrier arrangements are currently illegal in New York that doesn’t mean you can’t have someone carry a baby for you or that you can’t use Long Island IVF to treat you. But it does mean that if you are infertile, live in New York, and need to find and compensate another woman (a gestational carrier/surrogate) to carry your baby for you, you currently have to look outside of New York for her. This new legislation seeks to change that.

Infertility is stressful enough without the added angst and expensive of having to look beyond New York State lines for any of your family-building needs. Sadly, this obstacle has been the final stop for many couple’s infertility journeys.

Patients interested in pursuing family-building through the use of a surrogate/gestational carrier should discuss their options with their Long Island IVF physician or contact Long Island IVF’s Donor Egg Clinical Nurse Coordinator, Vicky Loveland, R.N. for more information at victoria@longislandivf.com. She helps patients understand and navigate all of the available donor-assisted family-building options.

Please join us and support RESOLVE’s movement to legalize compensated gestational carrier agreements in New York State. Be a part of removing yet another potential obstacle to family-building here in our own backyard. The family you help build may be your own… or your neighbor’s… since RESOLVE reports there are over 430,000 New Yorkers suffering from infertility.

If you are a New Yorker, please click on the link to access RESOLVE’s easy, automatic email letter to your elected officials and fill in the few blanks. http://bit.ly/13dl2uD. That’s all there is to it!

Get loud, New York! And stay tuned for updates.

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Will/did you join the movement and send the letter to your officials? Would this legislation’s passage affect your infertility treatment plan?

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Long Island IVF’s Town Hall Event Was a Success!

By Tracey Minella

December 19th, 2012 at 3:48 pm

Long Island IVF, together with RESOLVE the National Infertility Association, would like to thank all those who took the time out of their busy lives to come down a share an exciting hour with us last night at our Family Act Town Hall Event.

There was a chill in the night air as people walked in, tired from the demands of their long days. No doubt, they all had somewhere else they also needed to be. But they came.

They came with a sense of curiosity or responsibility. With a feeling of interest or passion. Whatever the motivation…they came.

They listened to Dr. Brenner and Amy Demma as they discussed the many facets of The Family Act and the impact its passage would have on their lives…on their infertility journeys. They heard how it could provide needed relief in couples’ efforts to build their families…up to a $13,000+ federal tax credit for infertility treatment for IVF. They asked their questions.

They listened to stories of those who have already reached out to their local representatives by email or phone calls…and how easy and fast the process really is. And they became motivated to take action themselves. And those who are open about their infertility struggle considered asking their close friends and family to contact their representatives too.

By the end of the night, the attendees were all ready to act. They had the knowledge. They had the letters and sample scripts. They had links to get more information from Long Island IVF’s website, blog and Facebook, as well as RESOLVE, and Amy Demma, and The Family Act’s Facebook page.

The time to act is now. This legislation is coming up for a vote early in the New Year.

Let’s make 2013 the year infertile couples get the financial break they’ve been waiting for. Let’s do this before more biological clocks run out. Money should never be the reason a couple can’t have a baby.

Thank you again Amy Demma and RESOLVE and to all of you who came out and made a difference last night! And for those who were there in spirit, too. Please everyone, do your part. Together we can make a difference.

Here’s a link to find out how you can make a difference: http://www.resolve.org/get-involved/congressional-call-week-2012.html

 

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If you attended the event last night, what did you learn or what was the most enjoyable part? If you did not attend, will you write to or call your representatives?

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Remove Your Fertility Roadblock Tomorrow

By Tracey Minella

December 17th, 2012 at 9:48 pm

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If you are infertile, what is preventing you from getting, or remaining, pregnant? For many it is a financial roadblock. Especially in this economy.

Infertility treatment has become more mainstream over the past twenty five years, with most people knowing someone who used assisted reproductive technologies, like IUI or IVF, to conceive. Happily, even the social stigma surrounding infertility is finally starting to disappear as people speak out about their infertility struggles and seek support from groups like RESOLVE and from infertility blogs (like this one!) and Facebook sites.

Success rates for IVF continue to rise and, depending on the clinic used and other variables may exceed 60% per cycle.

Despite these advances, few states mandate infertility coverage and most insurance policies do not cover IVF. Those lucky few who have IVF coverage may exhaust that benefit’s maximum without conceiving. That leaves the majority of people who need IVF unable to afford it to start or grow their families.

Many of today’s women cannot continue to wait out this poor economy in order to afford IVF. The stress of being denied access to the medical care needed in order to conceive is unbearable. And it’s made worse by hearing that proverbial ‘biological clock’ ticking louder and louder as more time passes.

But you can take action today…actually tomorrow…to try to change all that.

The Family Act is legislation pending in both the House and Senate which if passed will provide a federal tax credit of over $13,000.00 for infertility treatment like IVF (or for fertility preservation in the case of cancer patients). We have never been so close to getting federally mandated assistance with the costs of IVF. But we need your help.. and we need it tomorrow night!

Long Island IVF and RESOLVE the National Infertility Association have teamed up to present New Yorkers with a unique public forum to discuss and advocate for the passage of the Family Act. It is a Town Hall event open to the public, our patients, local politicians, and national fertility advocates. Dr. Steven Brenner and well-known fertility advocate Amy Demma, Esq. are two of the speakers. Follow Long Island IVF, RESOLVE, and Amy Demma on Twitter so you don’t miss any updates on this legislation.

Please join us tomorrow night. One hour. Make a difference. Together we may have the power to take away the pain of infertility for many…those suffering today and those who will suffer in the future.

Would $13,000+ make a difference in your journey?

Here are the details:

Event: Long Island IVF’s Family Act Town Hall Event

Place: Long Island IVF, 8 Corporate Center Dr., Melville, New York

Date: Tuesday December 18, 2012

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Or click here and share this event with your friends and family: http://www.facebook.com/events/455924451132402/

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We need you. Are you coming?

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Your Infertility “To-Do” List For This Week

By Tracey Minella

December 16th, 2012 at 5:25 pm

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It’s the weekend before Christmas and people are busy with last minute preparations. Today, you may be making your final checklist for the week. Here’s an important item to add:

  • Attend Long Island IVF’s Family Act Town Hall Event on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m.

If you or a loved one is struggling with infertility…especially with the inability to pay for infertility treatment like IVF (in vitro fertilization)… Our Town Hall Event is a “MUST” on your to-do list this week.

There will be a public forum on the Family Act… very important legislation pending in both the House and Senate…which seeks to provide a tax credit over $13,000.00 for costs associated with IVF treatment. It also provides a similar credit for fertility preservation for cancer patients.

This important event… the only one of its kind in New York…will bring together not only Long Island IVF patients, but also members of the public, politicians, physicians, and fertility advocates. It is time to let our elected officials know how important financial relief for fertility treatment is so that they will fight to get it for us. We’ve never been this close to an IVF tax credit. Please come out and support the effort.

Long Island IVF’s Dr. Steven Brenner will be a keynote speaker. He will be joined by Amy Demma, Esq., a Board member of RESOLVE of New England and a passionate advocate of the Family Act. Other speakers are still being lined up and will be announced as we know the details. Light refreshments will be served.

Please take an hour out of your busy week to learn about and show your support for the Family Act. Show your legislators that it is important to you. Stop by on the way home from work. Take a break from other activities and swing by briefly with a friend. Sign a letter to your elected representatives (we will have them waiting for you!) so we can mail it in and let them know that Long Islanders want assistance with the costs of IVF and fertility preservation!

Passage of the Family Act could mean the difference between someone having a family…or not. Please stop by on Tuesday night and make a difference in your life or in the lives of countless others.

It’s the most important gift you can give this season.

Event: Long Island IVF’s Family Act Town Hall Event

Place: Long Island IVF, 8 Corporate Center Dr., Melville, New York

Date: Tuesday December 18, 2012

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Or click here and share this event with your friends and family: http://www.facebook.com/events/455924451132402/

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Will you be there?

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Agency, Independent or Clinic Matching: Using a donor? You need an attorney (or two or possibly three)

By Amy Demma, Jd

September 17th, 2010 at 8:40 am

By the time ART patients arrive at collaborative reproduction for  family building the cast of parties involved in the process has grown to include  physicians, nurses, clinical staff, lab professionals, mental health providers, the donor (or donors), perhaps agency representatives and to round it all off, attorneys who specializes in alternative family formation.

Reproductive Attorneys are legal professionals experienced in the area of clinically assisted family building. These highly-specialized attorneys can advise on donor selection but are typically brought in once a match between the recipient and the donor (or donors) has been confirmed. Primarily the role of the reproductive attorney is to draft and negotiate contracts between the parties (in embryo donation it is important that the “donor” actually be viewed as two parties: an egg donor and a sperm donor and that each of those folks have independent counsel) but the attorney may also be called upon to review other legal documents such as agency service contracts and clinic consents. Some attorneys will also oversee escrowed funds deposited by the recipients for the anticipated expenses of the cycle.

If you are anticipating family building with donor gametes (egg, sperm or embryo) going at it without legal counsel puts much at risk. Without a contract in place between the donor and recipient both parties are left vulnerable to parentage challenges, financial disputes and other possible conflicts around issues that can be addressed in a donor agreement. (Clinic consents should not be relied upon in place of independent contracts between the parties…remember, clinic consents were drafted on behalf of the clinic, they are documents of a different nature than an egg or embryo agreement). Rights, responsibilities and obligations owed and expected of each party to the other is detailed in the donor agreement and parentage, a particularly complex judicial matter will be explicitly addressed by clearly stating the intentions of the donor(s) to be recognized only as that, a donor and any other presumption or right of presumption of parentage will be explicitly and clearly relinquished. The recipient parents are acknowledged in the donor agreement as the legal parents.

Other matters that will also be negotiated and then documented by each party’s attorney may include matters of payment, breach, anonymity, future contact as well as control and disposition of excess embryos.

If prospective parents are applying for insurance coverage for clinical expenses, if coverage should be declined, reproductive attorneys may also be able to provide counsel and services related to appealing insurance denials.

It is a good idea to begin considering attorney selection at the time recipients have decided to pursue collaborative family building. Clinics and/or your agencies should be able to recommend attorneys. The American Fertility Association and RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association both have lists of reproductive attorneys available at their websites. The American Bar Association’s Assisted Reproductive Law Section has resources available, as well.

To learn more about Amy Demma, JD, Founder Prospective Families

Please visit http://www.prospectivefamilies.com

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