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Long Island IVF Exclusive: The Jade Foundation IVF Grant

By Tracey Minella

April 13th, 2015 at 8:55 pm

 

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To say it’s a struggle to pay for IVF while meeting the high cost of living on Long Island is an understatement. It can take some couples without IVF medical coverage a few years to save up for an IVF cycle…ever aware of the ticking biological clock.

Extreme, long-term sacrifices are made. A dream is put on hold. Everyone else is pregnant.

It’s enough to make a couple, well, jaded.

But sometimes, “jaded” can be a good thing…

Long Island IVF is pleased to announce the availability of yet another IVF grant…the Jade Foundation IVF Grant…to help suffering infertile couples build their families.

Through an endowment from generous benefactors, the Jade Foundation IVF Grant was created for and is offered exclusively at Long Island IVF. It is funded to provide financial assistance to couples who lack insurance coverage to meet the IVF cycle expenses needed to build the family of their dreams.  Qualified patients will pay a cost share amount (their out-of-pocket expense) based on total household income level.

Funding through this grant program will be allocated for basic services related to an IVF fresh cycle (and exclude other types of treatment cycles such as: frozen cycles, egg donation cycles, surrogacy cycles, elective egg freezing cycles as well as the more complex embryology services such as preimplantation genetic diagnosis or screening (PGD /PGS ). Priority is given to first time parents and to those who have served or are currently serving in the US military.

Eligibility: In order to be eligible, applicants must:

  • be less than 35 years of age;
  • have documented infertility;
  • meet clinical criteria;
  • be residents of Long Island, Queens or Brooklyn; and
  • have a combined household income between $50,000 and $99,999 annually; and
  • have commercial medical insurance coverage which either does not cover IVF treatments or for which they have exhausted their benefits.

Application Process: If new to our practice, interested patients should contact the Long Island New Patient Counselor at (631) 752-0606. Patients who are already in treatment with us should contact their Long Island IVF Financial Counselor to learn more about this grant.  Although there is no required application form, applicants must submit proof of residency and income. Grant awards are contingent upon grant funding availability. Unlike loans, the funds provided to couples through this Jade Foundation IVF Grant program do not have to be paid back.

Just a point of clarification…

The Jade Foundation IVF Grant is exclusively available at and through Long Island IVF. It should not be confused with the Cade Foundation’s IVF grants, which are also wonderful opportunities for infertile folks nationwide to build their families. That said, please see below for news on how you can have a great night out and also qualify to win a Free IVF cycle door prize donated by Long Island IVF in its “Brew For The Family” event on June 4th, co-sponsored by Cade. (Confusing, right?) But it’s all good stuff.

Whether you go for Jade, or Cade, or both, we look forward to seeing you soon.

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Have you ever considered applying for an IVF grant to pay for some or all of the costs of treatment?

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Long Island “Brew For the Family” Event- June 4, 2015

Would winning a FREE IVF Cycle door prize help you or a loved one build a family?

Join us on Thursday, June 4th, 2015 from 7:30-10PM at the Long Island Brew for the Family event hosted in partnership with the Tinina Q. Cade Foundation.

We have come together to spread the message that infertility can be overcome! Enjoy a night out and forget the stress of infertility as we sample craft beers at one of Long Island’s premier microbreweries, The Great South Bay Brewery. The evening will include a sampling of 6 beers, guided brewery tours with a master brewer, great food, music, and a silent auction.

Each admission ticket will include one entry into the drawing for a FREE IVF CYCLE* door prize. Be sure to invite your family and friends for even more chances to win, as the prize is transferrable.

To purchase tickets and learn more about this event please visit: www.librewforthefamily.eventbrite.com.

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Long Island IVF-WINNER: Best in Vitro Fertility Practice 2015

It is with humble yet excited hearts that we announce that Long Island IVF was voted the Best In Vitro Fertility Practice in the Best Of Long Island 2015 contest.

We love what we’ve gotten to do every day more than 27 years…build families. If you are having trouble conceiving, please call us. Many of our nurses and staff were also our patients, so we really do understand what you’re going through. And we’d like to help.

 

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Infertility Podcast Series: Journey to the Crib: Chapter 22: Cryopreservation of Embryos

By David Kreiner, MD

July 15th, 2013 at 11:09 pm

 

Welcome to the Journey to the Crib Podcast.  We will have a blog discussion each week with each chapter.  This podcast covers Chapter Twenty-Two: Cryopreservation of Embryos. You, the listener, are invited to ask questions and make comments.  You can access the podcast here: http://podcast.longislandivf.com/?p=119

 Cryopreservation of Embryos

 In 1985, my mentors, Drs. Howard W. Jones Jr and his wife Georgeanna Seegar Jones, the two pioneers of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) in the Western Hemisphere, proposed the potential benefits of cryopreserving embryos for future transfers.  They predicted that doing so would increase the overall success rate of IVF and make the procedure safer, more efficient and cost effective. 

One fresh IVF cycle might yield enough embryos so that in addition to performing a fresh embryo transfer in the same cycle as the stimulation and retrieval that additional embryos may be preserved for use in future cycles.  This helps to limit the exposure to certain risks confronted in a fresh cycle such as the use of injectable stimulation hormones, the egg retrieval and general anesthesia.  It also allows patients to minimize their risk for a multiple pregnancy since embryos can be divided for multiple transfers.

At Long Island IVF, we are realizing the Jones’ dream of safer, more efficient and cost- effective IVF, as well as increasing the overall success of IVF. 

Today, an estimated 25% of all assisted reproductive technology babies worldwide are now born after freezing.  Studies performed in Sweden revealed that babies born after being frozen had at least as good obstetric outcome and malformation rates as with fresh IVF.  Slow freezing of embryos has been utilized for 25 years and data concerning infant outcome appear reassuring relative to fresh IVF. 

I personally have pushed to promote the concept of removing the financial pressure to put all your eggs in one basket by eliminating the cost of cryopreservation and storage for those patients transferring a single embryo.  Furthermore, such a patient may go through three frozen embryo transfers to conceive for the price of one at our program.  We truly believe we are practicing the most successful, safe and cost effective IVF utilizing cryopreservation.

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Was this helpful in answering your questions about cryopreservation of embryos?

Please share your thoughts about this podcast here. And ask any questions and Dr. Kreiner will answer them.

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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, http://bit.ly/Z2uTCj.

Long Island IVF also offers two different grant programs to help patients afford IVF treatment: the “IVF Grant” program http://bit.ly/YjVeKR and the New York State Department of Health, or “DOH Grant” program http://bit.ly/YjVnOD.  You can also reduce your costs if Micro-IVF is appropriate for you http://bit.ly/12ZjvaD.

Another financial option available to Long Island IVF patients is the “IVF Refund Program”. http://bit.ly/ZfqDmC. 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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What is the single biggest obstacle impacting your infertility treatment plan?

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Top Ten Reasons to Attend Long Island IVF’s Town Hall Event Tonight

By Tracey Minella

December 18th, 2012 at 9:40 am

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Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock…or have been busy with holiday shopping…you have probably heard about Long Island IVF’s big Town Hall Event tonight at 6:00 p.m.

Here are the Top 10 reasons you shouldn’t miss it:

10.  It is the only event of its kind in New York…and is brought to you by the practice that gave Long Island its first IVF baby, first FET baby, and first donor egg baby.

9.    It’s a chance to learn how you can benefit from The Family Act…pending legislation in both the House and Senate which, if passed, would provide a tax credit for infertility treatment like IVF and fertility preservation for cancer patients.

8.   RESOLVE, the National Infertility Association, the leading organization and resource for everything related to infertility, is co-sponsoring this event.

7.  Long Island IVF’s Dr. Steven Brenner will be the keynote speaker, and other Long Island IVF physicians and staff will be there as well. It’ll be more exciting than your annual office holiday party. Plus we’ve got refreshments.

6.  Amy Demma, Esq…. reproductive rights attorney, tireless fertility advocate, and RESOLVE of New England Board member…will be a speaker at the event. She’s a rock star. Don’t miss her.

5.  Bend the ear of your favorite local politician to let them know you support The Family Act. All local representatives have been invited to attend. How often do you get up-close access to them? You can’t be heard if you aren’t there.

4.  Easier than Christmas card-writing. We’ll have letters to your representatives asking them to support the Family Act… pre-printed for you to just sign. We’ll even mail them for you. Don’t you wish someone did that for your Christmas card list?

3.  Meet others who are suffering from infertility…or who help those suffering from infertility. The faces behind the blogs, the authors of the books, the advocates. Become an advocate yourself. Be part of a change for the better. In only one hour.

2.  $13,000+. That’s money back in your pocket for IVF if The Family Act is passed.

And the number 1 reason you should be at Long Island IVF’s Town Hall event tonight is….

1.  For many, The Family Act could be the difference between having a baby, or not.

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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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Can’t wait to see you tonight.

 

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