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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:


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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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:

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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Ready, Set, Save On IVF!

By David Kreiner MD

September 3rd, 2014 at 7:46 am


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A pharmaceutical company started a new program designed to attract a larger market share by discounting its fertility medications by 50%.  What a novel idea!

Who would not choose to save over a $1000 if given the choice?  It got me thinking…

Do patients know about the many discounts offered by Long Island IVF?  

Here at Long Island IVF, a full stimulation IVF cycle is offered to qualifying patients earning under $100,000 per year at $7,500 and somewhat higher to those earning up to $200,000 per year.  Anesthesia is an additional $525 and medications… including the savings through the new Ferring® rebate program… would range in cost from $1500- $3500 depending on the needs of the patient.  For example, an “average” patient receiving 20 amps of Bravelle® (FSH) and 10 amps of Menopur® would pay about $1,050 for these medications and hundreds more for Novidrel® (hCG)  and Endometrin® (progesterone).  Of course, those requiring more medication would have proportionally higher costs for their medications.

We offer other cost-savings programs at Long Island IVF including up to three frozen embryo transfers for the cost of one and free cryopreservation to patients electively transferring a single embryo in their fresh cycle.  More details on our Single Embryo Transfer (SET) Program and its financial incentives are available here:


We also offer a minimal stimulation IVF, also known as Micro IVF, at $3900. Because patients using this treatment protocol use less fertility medication to achieve their minimal stimulation than is used in in a full stimulation IVF cycle, there are significant savings on medication costs as well. Patients are encouraged to ask their doctors if they are candidates for Micro-IVF. More details on our Micro IVF Program are available here:


Most importantly, these cost savings programs are available with the same high level of service and comparable success that Long Island IVF is famous for where we offer patients as good a chance of achieving a pregnancy as nearly anywhere in the nation.

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Have you researched the many grants and other cost-savings programs available at Long Island IVF?

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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:  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: 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:


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:


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:


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:


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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Long Island IVF: Back to the Future 2012

By Tracey Minella

January 2nd, 2012 at 7:54 pm

Happy New Year to all of the friends and patients of Long Island IVF and East Coast Fertility.

As you probably know, these two powerhouse infertility practices have recently merged, and will now be known as Long Island IVF.

People by nature don’t like change. And when it happens to something as important as one’s chosen fertility practice, it’s bound to make some of you uncomfortable or nervous. Add the raging hormones, and you may be ready to kill…

Well, I have something very important to share that should make you all not only comfortable, but excited about this change. It is a short history lesson. Don’t you dare click away.

Back in the 80’s when IVF was pretty new, East Coast Fertility’s Dr. Kreiner and Long Island IVF’s Drs. Kenigsberg, Brenner, and Droesch were practicing together as Long Island IVF. These IVF pioneers were the first to bring IVF success to Long Island.

Long Island IVF has bragging rights to:

Long Island’s First IVF baby…

Long Island’s First Cryo baby…

Long Island’s First Donor Egg baby!

Now here’s the exciting part: After 10 years of growing as two separate practices, they are finally all back together again. This is not an experiment between strangers…these guys couldn’t know each other better! It’s the perfect union of high-tech and high-touch. So it’s wonderful for their patients.

And I should know. I was a patient when they were originally together. I also worked as a medical assistant beside all of those doctors (and many of the nurses). So you’ll have to trust me that I am doing a happy dance jig right now that they are back together again!

Everything a patient could want in an infertility practice is now available in one unified practice, including but not limited to:

·         Impressive success rates;

·         Center of Excellence distinction;

·         Payment options, grant, and refund programs;

·         Mind/Body, Acupuncture, Patient counseling, and Patient support programs;

·         Outstanding Donor Egg Program;

·         Single Embryo Transfer Program (w/free cryo, free storage, and free cryo transfers*);

·         Micro-IVF Program ($3,900 mini-IVF program*);

·         Experienced and compassionate medical staffs;

·         Locations all over Long Island, and Brooklyn.

So I ask you to think back to 1988. How old were you? Elementary school, maybe? Still playing with dolls? Well, these doctors were already together making babies by then.

When I needed them in 1992, they already had the reputation as the best on Long Island. I worked for them for six years back then. Dr. Kenigsberg did my transfer when I got pregnant with my daughter and Dr. Kreiner did the transfer with my son. I can’t say enough about the individual genius of these two doctors, and the collective genius of all of LI-IVF’s doctors. There is certainly a doctor with a style and personality that will suit yours.

I’m telling you as a grateful IVF mother and former patient and medical assistant, that you could not be in better hands. The doctors, nurses, and embryologists who created my family are together again to help you build yours. I am so happy for all of you and hope that 2012 will be the year all your dreams come true.

You can start doing YOUR happy dance jig now!

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Do you have any questions or concerns about the merger of the practices? Please ask.

*please see  website for further details on these programs

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Can I Get an IVF Cycle for Christmas, Santa?

By Tracey Minella

December 12th, 2011 at 8:52 pm

Wasn’t it just yesterday that you had a Bicycle on your Christmas or Hannukah wish list?

There’s probably nothing more challenging to your holiday spirit than undergoing infertility treatment. Except of course, when you can’t afford to undergo the treatment.

Here’s 3 tips to get you closer to that IVF cycle under the tree:

1.    Check with your fertility clinic as to available grant programs or discounted payment packages for IVF.

Long Island IVF and East Coast Fertility (newly merged incase you missed the big news!), offer many different payment options, bundle plans, grant programs and 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.     Enter contests by reputable fertility clinics to win a free or discounted IVF cycle.

As you may expect, these opportunities are hard to come by, but they are out there.  Long Island IVF and East Coast Fertility run several contests, like the weekly Nearly Wordless Wednesday photo caption contest and others, with small prizes ranging from free Starbucks gift cards to larger items like romantic dinner certificates or theater tickets. But sometimes we get really, really generous with our prizes…like with last summer’s Extreme Family-Building Makeover” contest and its Grand Prize of a free Micro-IVF cycle! (The 2010 Micro-IVF contest winner has a little boy now!) So it pays to follow our blog and like us on facebook. You don’t want to miss any great contest announcements!

3.     Have a Fertility Fundraiser on the Internet.

If you are not keeping your infertility secret, this is an option that exists 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 aghast by the idea. But others are probably so thankful to have a chance to help you. Read about a couple who got pregnant after successfully raising over $8,000.00 for their treatment through IndieGoGo, an online fundraising site,* here: 

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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 and East Coast Fertility do not endorse this or any other fundraising site, and are providing this link for informational purposes only


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Finding the Best Fertility Clinic

By Tracey Minella

March 11th, 2011 at 12:15 am

Your mission…if you choose to accept it…is to locate the best infertility specialist. And since you really have no choice but to accept this unfair and lousy assignment, you’d better narrow down the suspects.

First, you need the right mindset. Do not assume that just any reproductive endocrinologist will get you pregnant. If you do that, and choose poorly, you may waste all your money and precious time before you realize your mistake…and it may cost you your dream of having a baby.

The field of assisted reproductive technology is ever-changing and growing, not unlike web technology and social media. Many patients use search engines to find a doctor. That may be fine as a starting point, but a far better indicator would be recommendations from a patient or staff member of a practice, or from your gynecologist. Sometimes crappy doctors have flashy websites.

Check out the doctor’s credentials and ask some questions. If that makes you nervous, write them down in advance. How long has he been practicing? Is he a member of the premier organization for reproductive endocrinologists: SART (Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology) and thereby held to the highest standards and guidelines? Is the chemistry right between you? Meet the nurses. Talk to or eavesdrop on patients in the waiting room. Is the atmosphere generally positive?

What are the success rates for IVF and how have they been calculated? You may find that a clinic’s rates are slightly lower than another’s due to their practice recommending  single embryo transfers to reduce the risk of complicated multiple births, or because, even though it will potentially lower their practice’s overall success rates, they accept a larger number of older or obese patients rather than turn them away. Get the whole story behind the stats.

Do they offer refunds or guarantees, or grant programs to subsidize or offset costs? Do they participate in your insurance plan if you do have such coverage and do they have staff that will handle your insurance claims and grant applications and any other similar frustrating paperwork for you?

Are they up on the latest, cutting edge treatments and protocols? As of today, if they don’t offer services such as co-culture of embryos, or embryo glue, then they are lagging behind. [Run away as fast as you can! I repeat. Run!] Do they have a donor egg and sperm program? A micro-IVF program? A Single Embryo Transfer (SET) program? Do they have an andrology lab on site for the processing and testing of semen samples? Do they have an on site OR for IVF procedures or must you go to a local hospital? Are they welcoming to same sex couples or single patients?

Are they open minded and willing to treat the whole individual? Do they offer less traditional adjunct therapies such as acupuncture, herbal medicine, body and mind/reiki/yoga/massage to complement the Western medicine approach to treating infertility? Are there counseling and stress reduction services? Are there blogs and forums to offer you additional information and support?

Does the practice have a variety of doctors and nurses available to meet your needs? Men and women? Different religions and ethic backgrounds? Do they speak your language? Do they have convenient business hours and office locations? Do they have a nurse on call 24/7?

Whether you are looking for a fertility specialist now… or you chose the wrong practice initially and want to change… please use these questions as your guide to choosing the best practice for your fertility needs.

And listen to your gut. If it doesn’t feel right, it isn’t. Move on. Your dream is at stake.

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If you already have a fertility specialist, how did you find him/her? If you don’t have one yet, what are the three most important factors you’d consider when choosing one?

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