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Free Fertility Treatment Awaits Grant Applicants

By Tracey A. Minella

January 11th, 2015 at 7:31 am

 

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Chances are, if you are struggling with infertility, one of the biggest obstacles is the financial burden of the fertility treatments. A New Year often causes infertile couples without the benefit of infertility treatment insurance to revisit their family-building plans and reassess their options.

Some forgo the usual things like fine-dining, vacations, houses, new cars, and other luxuries of a typical life, putting the savings into their treatment. Many work over-time or take second jobs. Others max out credit cards, dip into retirement funds, or borrow from family. And some raise treatment money through on-line fundraising campaigns.

What if there was an easier way…a free way…to finance IVF (or fund an adoption)? You’d consider it, right?

Well, there is a grant opportunity you should consider pursuing that is offering grants of up to $10,000 to use toward your family-building goals. That’s money you don’t have to pay back. Enough to pay for all or a substantial portion of an IVF cycle or an adoption. But you need to act quickly because there is a February 1 deadline for the Spring Grant Cycle.

You may remember that Long Island IVF co-sponsored an exciting event last year…Dancing For the Family… with the Tinina Q. Cade Foundation. Not only did Long Island IVF donate a free IVF cycle as a door prize, but the event raised money that enables the Cade Foundation to fund these family-building grants. All you need to do now is apply.

Don’t like forms? Think you’ll never be chosen? Well, you’re in good company. Do you realize that so many people think like that, or are just beaten down by the stress of infertility, that there are often more funds than applicants for grants like these?! That’s right…grant money is often sitting there waiting for applicants to apply for it! And that’s a shame.

To apply, go here: http://www.cadefoundation.org/?page_id=10

Good Luck.

And keep your eyes open for upcoming news of this year’s Long Island IVF and Cade Foundation new and exciting event.

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Are you going to apply? If not, why not?

 

 

 

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Answer the Call…Make the Call

By Tracey Minella

November 27th, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Would over $13,000 for IVF help you build your family? How about fund an adoption? It’s within your grasp. But only if you act now.

Join RESOLVE’s “Call to Congress” campaign …today through Thursday… and help get the Family Act enacted and the Adoption Tax Credit expanded and made permanent.

By calling your representatives and using the step-by-step instructions and script provided by RESOLVE, you can make your dream of having a family through IVF or adoption, that much closer to a reality by removing a large financial obstacle. The proposed legislation also offers assistance for the costs of fertility preservation in patients facing cancer, so the loss of affected reproductive organs (or the effects of chemotherapy) will not rob them of their ability to have a biological child once their cancer crisis has passed.

This three day movement, organized by RESOLVE, has been strategically planned to make a noticeable impact on legislators nationwide. Fertility advocates across the entire country are mobilizing forces to join in the effort to get the Family Act passed and the Adoption Tax Credit expanded and made permanent. Fertility patients everywhere, current or former, are being asked to speak up and be heard.

Does this sound like a battle? Well, it is! Will you answer the call…and make the call?

Please click here for more information about this ground-breaking legislation and for easy access links to help you show your support: http://www.resolve.org/get-involved/congressional-call-week-2012.html. Then make the calls…today through Thursday. Thanks.

 

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After you make the call, please tell us here (or on Facebook) that you did it! Please share this information with whomever you are comfortable sharing it with. Together we can make a difference.

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Fertility Over Martinis

By David Kreiner, MD

September 9th, 2010 at 7:41 am

Last week we had an in service on the IVF programs that are offered to patients at East Coast Fertility.  You know – any time you ask even the most devoted employees to stay after school – not everyone is thrilled by this. Especially after a long day of making babies! One staffer asked her friend why they needed to attend, the meeting was after all about something she knew about already; that is what makes ECF a wonderful place for patients to overcome their infertility and besides – it was cutting into "Dancing With The Stars".

"I heard that this restaurant is one of the best", her colleague and friend said.  "Besides, how often do we get to have a drink together".

At this point our fearless marketing director stood up by her easel, marker in hand and proceeded to attempt to elicit from the 18 members of the East Coast Fertility staff what words would they use to describe ECF.  She was aiming to help our staff communicate better with our patients about all of the different programs that ECF had to offer.

One of the nurses – clearly bored by the process sipped her martini and with a disparaging look at Pamela, the  marketing director impatiently blurted that ECF is successfully effective in performing IVF and got up to go to the rest room.  Clearly she felt that she didn’t need to know what she already thought that she knew!

Nurse Rosa proudly stated that ECF is about providing sympathetic care to our patients.  Christina, the popular front desk clerk offered "affordable".  At this point I could not hold back as my drive has been to make IVF safe, effective and accessible.  Our two new physicians, Dr. Eli Rybak, the orthodox rabbi practicing in our Brooklyn office and Dr. Jessica Mann, our South American woman chimed in together proclaiming that ECF accommodates the diversity common to New York and Long Island.

Pamela declared that the ECF’s mission was about delivering safe and effective IVF to as many people of varying ethnic and economic backgrounds.

How do our programs do this?  Are they consistent with our intended message to patients?

The first program discussed was our Micro IVF or Minimal stimulation IVF program.  

At $3900, this program is priced to make IVF affordable.  Since minimal gonadotropin stimulation hormones are used it is expected to have less affect on a woman’s body and be easier in that it requires less monitoring.  Cheaper and less risky appeals to many women who otherwise would not consider IVF as a viable option.  The pregnancy rate we have seen thus far in these cases varies from 20% to 50% depending on the patient with the greatest success experienced by our young PCOS patients and patients with a history of tubal ligation in the past.  I reminded everyone that Helen, a 32 year old patient from South Carolina was 7 weeks pregnant with a singleton pregnancy and she had severe endometriosis.

Our Single Embryo Transfer (SET) program was my attempt to eliminate financial cost as a reason for patients to transfer multiple embryos and thereby increase the likelihood  of causing risky multiple pregnancies.  Patients without insurance or other discounts who transfer one embryo at a time will not have to pay to cryopreserve excess embryos.  Frozen storage as well as frozen embryo transfers are free until a live baby is born or they have used up all their embryos.

This program is available for the MicroIVF and full stimulated IVF cases.  Data since the inception of this ECF SET program in 2007 shows that pregnancy rates for elective single embryo transfer lag fresh elective double embryo transfer by 6% but only 2% if you include the frozen embryo transfers.  These groups were age matched with no significant difference noted between single and double embryo transfers for any age except with regards to the incidence of multiple pregnancy.  There were no twins in the single embryo transfer group but about 30% twins and two cases of triplets in the elective double embryo transfer group.  Essentially, for the good prognosis patient, SET eliminates risky multiple pregnancies without jeopardizing pregnancy rates and without increasing cost.

Our egg freezing study was brought up by Dr. John, Director of embryology.  Half of the eggs retrieved are frozen prior to fertilization.  The other half undergo Insemination in the typical IVF fashion.  These embryos are incubated for 3 to 5 days and then placed in frozen storage.  The frozen eggs are thawed an hour after freezing and are inseminated.  These embryos are transferred 3 days after the study patients have undergone retrieval.  Study patients get free hormone medications, ICSI, coculture, embryo glue, assisted hatching, cryopreservation, frozen storage and free frozen embryo transfers.  The cycle costs them $6900.

He also mentioned our new PGD/PGS program to screen for chromosomal problems in the embryos.  Using a new technique called the Microchip Assay developed by Jacques Cohen at Reprogenetics, ECF is collaborating to offer patients this more accurate assay that tests all 23 pairs of chromosomes in the embryo.  Initial tests suggests that this test may diminish the risk of miscarriage and help select the most viable embryo to transfer.

We completed our discussion with a review of our grant programs.  We were selected by NY state to provide IVF under the DOH grant.  As it is supported by NY state the patient’s cost share is significantly reduced.  Unfortunately, these funds are limited so ECF sponsors it’s own grant program.  The ECF grant like the DOH grant is income based.  Patients pay between $6900 and $9900 for basic IVF.  The cost of medications are reduced and any additional procedures if needed are at half price.

In the end – our staff felt like it was important for all of us to truly understand why we did what we did for our patient community. We always think that we know what our mission is all about – but it was good to be reminded.  

The only remaining question was whether to order the tiramisu or the apple crumb.   

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