LAFAYETTE and BATON ROUGE, LA — March 30, 2021 — One Louisiana woman or couple facing medical and financial roadblocks to having a baby will receive a grant for a free cycle of in vitro fertilization (IVF) through a program called the Gift of Hope.
Women and couples are eligible to apply if:
· They earn less than $100,000 per year;
· Are Louisiana residents;
· Have no or limited insurance coverage for infertility;
· IVF is medically necessary to conceive;
· They can describe in their own words the compelling nature of their need for treatment.
Applications for the Gift of Hope IVF Grant are open to Louisiana couples and are available to download from FertilityAnswers.com. The deadline to apply is April 23, 2021.
One in eight American couples struggle with infertility each year, yet only a quarter to a third of healthcare insurers offer coverage for infertility treatment. While Louisiana law prohibits the exclusion of insurance coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of infertility, it does not require insurers to cover fertility drugs, inseminations, IVF or other assisted reproductive techniques. This leaves the vast majority of infertile couples struggling with costs not covered by insurance.
“We started the program as a way to help Louisiana couples undergo IVF who could not otherwise afford it,” says Dr. John Storment, medical director and founder of Fertility Answers®. “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 or forego building their families. We feel strongly that all couples should have the hope to build their families, no matter their financial situation or insurance coverage.”
Gift of Hope IVF Grant donors include Dr. John Storment, Dr. Susan Conway and Dr. Neil Chappell, infertility specialists at Fertility Answers, and IVF services partner Ovation® Fertility. Since 2006, there have been 22 Louisiana couples chosen for the Gift of Hope IVF Grant with eight babies born and one on the way. The combined value of donated services for one Gift of Hope IVF treatment cycle is estimated at $15,000 to $18,000.
About Fertility Answers
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. With two full-service clinics in Lafayette and Baton Rouge, Fertility Answers serves infertile couples throughout Louisiana.
About Ovation Fertility
Ovation® Fertility is a national network of reproductive endocrinologists and scientific thought leaders focused on reducing the cost of having a family through more efficient and effective fertility care. Ovation’s IVF and genetics laboratories, along with affiliated physician practices, work collaboratively to raise the bar for IVF treatment, with state-of-the-art, evidence-based fertility services that give hopeful parents the best chance for a successful pregnancy. Physicians partner with Ovation to offer their patients advanced preconception carrier screening; preimplantation genetic testing; donor egg and surrogacy services; and secure storage for their frozen eggs, embryos and sperm. Ovation also helps IVF labs across America improve their quality and performance with expert off-site lab direction and consultation. Learn more about Ovation’s vision of a world without infertility at www.OvationFertility.com.
More information about the Gift of Hope IVF Grant can be found at www.FertilityAnswers.com