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Three Ways to Help Finance IVF Treatment

By Tracey Minella

December 17th, 2016 at 1:32 pm

 

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Time flies when you’re having fun—or not. Ever notice how fast did your #1 holiday wish list item morphed from a bicycle into an IVF cycle?

 

With a price tag to challenge most budgets, IVF can be hard on a partner’s wallet. So if no one checked that item off your list this year, maybe thinking outside the box is in order.

 

1.    Fertility Grants and Creative/Discounted IVF Payment Packages.

 

Long Island IVF offers many different payment options, bundle plans, IVF grants, DOH grants and exclusive Jade Foundation grant programs, and IVF share refund programs to help their patients with the financial end of their fertility journey. Like a guidance counselor helps a student, the staff is trained to guide you through the maze of available options when planning to finance your family-building plan. You may have more options than you realize. Check it out.

 

2.     Free/Discounted IVF Opportunities.

 

As you may expect, these opportunities are hard to come by, but they are out there.  Some contests allow winners to choose their own fertility clinic for treatment. We pass this information along as we find it, so it pays to follow our blog and like us on Facebook.

 

3.     On-line Fertility Treatment Fundraiser.

 

If you are not keeping your infertility secret, this option is great for those with the right mix of friends and families…or faith in the kindness of strangers. Of course, some people you approach may be uncomfortable with the idea, so prepare yourself for the critics, too. But others are probably so happy to have a chance to help you. GoFundMe* crowd-funding accounts are wildly popular now among those hoping to raise funds for infertility treatment. In fact, some couples request contributions to these fertility treatment accounts in lieu of registering for traditional wedding or shower gifts.

 

 

 

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Have these suggestions been helpful? Do you have any suggestions to add? Have you tried or will you consider any of these tips?

 

 

 

*Disclaimer: Long Island IVF  does  not endorse this or any other fundraising site, and are providing this link for informational purposes only.

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“Dear Mom and Dad, We Need Your Help…”

By Tracey Minella

August 5th, 2014 at 4:07 pm

 

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It isn’t easy to ask for help. Especially when it comes to financing infertility treatments. But the sad reality is that many insurance companies offer little if any coverage for advanced assisted reproductive technologies like in vitro fertilization (IVF). And while Long Island IVF, as well as a variety of not-for-profit organizations, participate in grant programs to help with these costs, the demand is always greater than the resources.

In an effort to give back to the community it’s been serving since it created Long Island’s first IVF baby 26 years ago, Long Island IVF is sponsoring an exciting infertility fundraiser event called “Dancing For The Family on August 23, 2014 from 6-9 pm and is donating a Free IVF cycle door prize that one attendee will win that night. The free IVF cycle is transferrable once, subject to certain restrictions, so friends and family can win it for someone they love. Be sure to read the sample letter below to help you invite your friends and family. Tickets are $65 and are limited. They should be purchased online in advance at http://bit.ly/1k9huoG.

The event will be held at the breathtaking Dance with Me Long Island Studios in Glen Head—home studio of Dancing With the Stars champion, Maksim Chmerkovskiy. The evening will include music, group dance lessons with Dance With Me Long Island instructors (private lessons for V.I.P. ticket holders), hors d’oeuvres, drinks, desserts, a silent auction, and a chance to win the free IVF cycle door prize. Since there is no pressure to dance, wallflowers will have plenty of fun, too! The event is co-hosted by The Tinina Q. Cade Foundation® (“Cade Foundation”), a not-for-profit organization that provides education-focused programming and Family-Building Grants for couples suffering from infertility.

Many of you have family and friends who want to help you, but they don’t know how to help beyond lending a supportive ear. Financial help may be awkward to ask for or to receive. But this event offers the perfect opportunity to let them support you emotionally as well as potentially increasing your odds of winning the free IVF cycle door prize, valued at approximately $10,000. They can do all this, and have a fun evening themselves, for only $65. And by attending they are also supporting the infertility community at large.

Here’s a sample letter for you to send to your support system, inviting them to support you and to attend the “Dancing for the Family” event (feel free to tweak it as needed):

Dear Mom and Dad/Sister/Best Friend, etc.:

As you know, we’ve been struggling with infertility. We know you love us and wish there was something you could do to help. The medical treatment we need to start a family is not covered by insurance and the cost has kept us from moving forward at his point. A single cycle of in vitro fertilization (“IVF”) costs about $10,000.—an amount too high for us to ask anyone to help finance.

But there is exciting news.

There is an opportunity for us to win a free IVF cycle at an infertility fundraiser on August 23, 2014 sponsored by [our fertility doctors] Long Island IVF. One attendee will win this free IVF cycle and it is transferable once (subject to certain restrictions), so the more people we have with us who are willing to transfer the prize, the greater our chances of winning it.

Would you please consider purchasing a $65 ticket and attending the event on August 23, 2014? It’s from 6:00 pm-9:00 pm at Dance with Me Long Island Studios in Glen Head, New York– the breathtaking home dance studio of Dancing With the Stars® champion, Maksim Chmerkovskiy!

We would love to have a break from the stress of infertility surrounded by friends and family at an evening of music, group dance lessons with Dance With Me Long Island instructors (private lessons for $100 V.I.P. ticket holders), hors d’oeuvres, drinks, desserts, and a silent auction. While no one knows who will win the free IVF cycle door prize or the silent auction prizes, we will be raising infertility awareness and important funds for grant and educational programs and having a fun night together in any event. No pressure to dance–wallflowers are welcome, too!

Tickets are limited and should be purchased online in advance at http://bit.ly/1k9huoG. A portion of the ticket price is tax-deductible. The event is co-hosted by The Tinina Q. Cade Foundation® (“Cade Foundation”), a not-for-profit organization that provides education-focused programming and Family-Building Grants for couples suffering from infertility.

If you are able to attend, that would be great, but please don’t feel pressured to do so. Also, feel free to invite anyone else you know who is suffering from infertility or who might enjoy feeling like they’re on Dancing With The Stars for an evening.

And thanks for always being supportive as we continue our family-building journey.

Love,

Us

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Will you be attending the Dancing for the Family event for your chance to win a free IVF cycle? Will you be inviting any close friends and family?

 

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Long Island IVF’s Fertility Grants Guide

By Tracey Minella

July 9th, 2014 at 9:00 am

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Financing…or lack thereof…is the number one obstacle to family-building for the majority of those suffering from infertility. Most insurance companies cover little (if any) of the costs of infertility treatment, especially advanced assisted reproductive technologies like in vitro fertilization (IVF). Even the medications for such treatment can be expensive.

Long Island IVF makes infertility treatments more affordable for patients through maximizing insurance benefit coverage as well as by offering specialized programs, such as our IVF Grant Program, Single Embryo Transfer Program, IVF Financial Share Program or Fertility Preservation Programs. For more information on these programs, see: http://www.longislandivf.com/payment_options.cfm  We also provide each patient with a personal financial counselor to help navigate the available options.

In addition to all the internal financial grant and related assistance offerings, we’d like to share other external grant funding sources which may be available to patients to assist with their infertility treatments. These organizations include:

The Cade Foundation & Long Island IVF

Long Island IVF actively supports the Tinina Q. Cade Foundation as our practice’s philanthropy. Next month, Long Island IVF will host a unique fund-raising event for the Cade Foundation on August 23rd at the Dance With Me Studio in Glen Head, Long Island, home of the Chmerkowsky Brothers and Tony Dovolani from Dancing With the Stars.

The Dancing for the Family event costs only $65 per ticket for a night of dance lessons, dancing, hors d’oeuvres, drinks, desserts, a silent auction and a chance to win a fabulous door prize: A Free IVF cycle donated by Long Island IVF!

Tickets are limited and can be purchased here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/long-island-dancing-for-the-family-hosted-by-long-island-ivf-tickets-10690187639 The Free IVF cycle is transferrable once (subject to certain restrictions) so here’s a real chance for your fertile friends and family…who wish they could help you… to come out for a fun night and maybe they’ll win the prize for you!

The Cade Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote awareness of infertility and serve the needs of couples struggling with infertility by providing educational resources and financial assistance for helping them grow their families. Each year, the Cade Foundation provides grants of up to $10,000 to infertile families to assist them with the cost of infertility treatment or domestic adoption.

Eligibility: In order to be eligible, applicants must have documented infertility, be legal, permanent residents of the United States, and submit the grant application (processing fees apply).

Application Process: The application must also include a detailed plan on how the applicants will contribute financially to their fertility treatments. Grant awards are made once per year.

For more information and to obtain an application, go to: www.cadefoundation.org

 

The NY State Infertility Demonstration Grant & Long Island IVF

Based on meeting high standards of IVF success rates, Long Island IVF is among the select programs chosen to participate in the infertility grant funded by New York State. The amount of treatment funding is based on the patient’s or couple’s combined household income; coverage can range from 2.5% up to 97.5% of IVF treatment costs.

Eligibility: In order to be eligible, applicants must be between the ages of 21 and 44 years, have documented infertility and meet clinical criteria, be residents of New York State, have medical insurance coverage but either be uninsured for fertility or IVF treatments or have exhausted their benefits and have a combined household income of less than $195k annually.

Application Process: Qualified, interested patients may apply through their Long Island IVF Financial Counselor.  Although there is no required application form, applicants must submit proof of NY State residency and income. Grant awards are made during the award period based on availability of grant funding from the State.

For more information on the NY State Infertility Demonstration Program at Long Island IVF and to review the participation criteria, go to: www.longislandivf.com/doh_ivf_grant.cfm

 

Pay It Forward Fertility Foundation

The Pay It Forward Fertility Foundation selects applicants who are uninsured for fertility treatment. Candidates may use their awarded partial or full grant for: IVF, donor eggs or embryo adoption.  Applicants must be under the age of 40 to qualify, unless using donor eggs or embryo adoption.  Although surrogate expenses are not available for funding, the IVF treatment for the preparation of a surrogate pregnancy may be funded.  Funds are paid directly to the clinical program.

Eligibility: In order to be eligible, applicants must have documented infertility, be legal, permanent residents of the United States, have medical insurance coverage but be uninsured for fertility or IVF treatments, demonstrate financial need and submit a grant application (processing fees apply).

Application Process: The grant application requires in depth financial information and physician diagnosed infertility.  Grants are awarded several times each year coinciding with Board meetings.

For more information and to obtain an application, go to: www.payitforwardfertility.org

 

BabyQuest Foundation – IVF Grant

Baby Quest Foundation is a non-profit organization whose goal is to grant financial assistance to those who cannot afford infertility treatments. Funding can be used for a range of procedures including egg and sperm donation, egg freezing, artificial insemination, IVF, embryo adoption and surrogacy.  

Eligibility:  Applicants must reside in the United States. They must demonstrate financial need, submit required medical documentation and a description of their infertility history as well as the grant application (processing fees apply).

Application Process: Grants are given out two times yearly.

For more information and to obtain an application, go to: www.babyquestfoundation.org

 

Long Island IVF is committed to helping couples build their families and is providing this list for informational purposes only, as a courtesy to help those who may qualify for these programs. Long Island IVF makes no representations regarding the eligibility requirements or continued availability of any of these programs. This list is not exhaustive of all the potential grant and financial servicing options available and patients are encouraged to do their own research into these and other programs.

Wishing you a fast and successful journey to the crib.

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Was this information helpful? Are there any other resources you can add to this list?

 

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The Dilemma of Excess Embryos

By Tracey Minella

January 25th, 2014 at 9:32 am

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There is so much to focus on when beginning IVF. Insurance and financing issues. Learning about all the medications, as well as how to inject many of them. Understanding the processes of daily monitoring and blood work, of retrievals and transfers. Deciding how many embryos to transfer back and whether to cryopreserve the others.

Most people do cryopreserve the embryos which are not transferred back on a fresh IVF cycle. These frozen embryos are often thawed and used in a later cycle, either years later after a successful fresh cycle or sooner if the fresh cycle was unsuccessful.

Sometimes, especially in cases where patients only transfer back one embryo, like patients in Long Island IVF’s Single Embryo Transfer Program http://bit.ly/1jjvr3y patients may obtain enough embryos from their first fresh IVF cycle to satisfy all of their family-building needs through subsequent frozen embryo transfers. They may have one baby, then another a few years later, and then yet another…all from one retrieval. Yes, they are the lucky ones.

I remember… almost casually… signing off on the cryo consent, my primary focus being on all the matters that had an immediate effect on my first fresh cycle. I wanted to be pregnant now. I’d worry about what to do with any leftover frozen embryos… after I had all the children I wanted … later. It took a few cycles before I finally had any embryos left over to freeze, but the moment I did, I set in motion a decision more complicated and emotional than I initially imagined.

What to do with excess embryos is about as personal a decision as there is. If you don’t have too many, do you keep transferring them until they are gone? Do you donate them…full genetic siblings to your other children…to another couple? Do you donate them to research if your state allows? Do you just keep them in storage and pay the fees? Do you discard them?

I was reminded of the difficulty of this decision when I read about New Zealand’s law limiting the amount of time that embryos can remain in storage to ten years. http://bit.ly/1f7uypm . Fortunately, there is no such law in New York. It is stressful enough for patients to decide what to do with excess embryos without the government imposing an arbitrary time limit on them.

There is no single right answer. Just a right answer for you.

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If you cryopreserved embryos, are you comfortable with your initial decision on how they should be handled? Or are you undecided?

 

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