IVF Grant Open for Couples Struggling to Conceive

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Two couples facing medical and financial roadblocks to having a baby will receive grants for a free cycle of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) through a program called the Gift of Hope.

Eligibility requires that couples earn less than $100,000 per year, have no insurance coverage for infertility, and that IVF is medically necessary to conceive. Applications are open to couples in Louisiana and are available to download from FertilityAnswers.com. The deadline to apply is May 11, 2017.

One in eight American couples struggle with infertility each year, yet only a quarter of healthcare insurers offer coverage for infertility treatment. Louisiana law prohibits the exclusion of coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of a correctable medical condition solely because the condition results in infertility. Yet, the law does not require insurers to cover fertility drugs, IVF or other assisted reproductive techniques, leaving the vast majority of infertility cases not covered by insurance.

“We started the program as a way to help Louisiana couples undergo IVF who could not otherwise afford it,” Dr. John Storment, Medical Director at Fertility Answers, said. “So many couples we see with difficulties conceiving need this procedure to build their families. But because the cost is so high and very few insurance policies cover it, low-income earning couples often have to put off building their families. We feel strongly that couples should have the chance to build their families, no matter their financial limitations or lack of infertility insurance coverage.”

Gift of Hope donors include Dr. John Storment and Dr. Susan Conway, infertility specialists at Fertility Answers, Women’s & Children’s Hospital, Sheridan Healthcare, and Louisiana Anesthesiology. Since 2006, there have been 14 Louisiana couples chosen for the Gift of Hope, eight of which conceived and five babies have been born as a result. The combined value of donated services for a Gift of Hope IVF treatment cycle is estimated at $10,000 to $15,000. 

Fertility Answers offers comprehensive treatment of infertility, including Assisted Reproductive Technologies and In Vitro Fertilization, treatment of multiple pregnancy loss, endometriosis, and all other reproductive endocrine disorders, routine gynecologic care and menopause management. 

More information about the Gift of Hope can be found at www.FertilityAnswers.com. 

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