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More February IVF Success Stories

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1) 35 y/o secondary infertility due to oligoovulation (irregular ovulation) came to New Hope for her second child.  She was able to get pregnant from a single embryo transfer from Mini-IVF™.  Congratulations on your second pregnancy!

New Hope doctors wanted to take extra precautions to reduce the chance of multiple pregnancy since this patient's first pregnancy led to the premature birth of her twins (possibly due to conventional IVF protocols), and left her and her babies in the hospital for a good length of time.  By committing to Mini-IVF™ and single embryo transfer protocols, New Hope doctors greatly reduced the risk of this happening again.

2) 39 y/o primary infertility arrived at New Hope also suffering from oligoovulation.  She created several embryos through our Mini-IVF™ protocol and got pregnant with twins from a Natural Cycle frozen embryo transfer.  As with the previous success story, the infertility was due to the inability to ovulate properly, and this patient would have definitely been overstimulated with conventional IVF.  New Hope doctors understood in both aforementioned cases that there was no need for more than a single embryo transfer to reach success since both women had otherwise healthy uterine environments.  Congrats!

3) 39 y/o came to NHFC with a history of primary infertility.  She completed a few Mini-IVF™ cycles with frozen embryo transfers that were unsuccessful.  She had a frozen embryo transfer more recently and came back with a positive pregnancy test.  Congrats!
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Topics: Natural Cycle IVF, Single Embryo Transfer, Fertility, Mini-IVF, Success Story, New York, New Hope Fertility, Dr. Zhang, Embryo Transfer, Patient Satisfaction, IVF, Insurance, Best Fertility Clinic

Infertility Tax Credit Introduced in Senate

Posted by NHFC

The National Infertility Association, RESOLVE, recently reported on the introduction of a bill in the senate, brought forth by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) that focuses on providing eligible taxpayers with a tax credit for any out-of-pocket costs that many people have to pay for medical treatment associated with infertility care. The act, called the "Family Act of 2011," would apply to both in vitro fertilization and any other treatments that go towards preserving fertility for cancer patients. This is certainly a much needed piece of legislation that could benefit many of the more-than 10% of couples who suffer from infertility. The tax credit is modeled after an existing tax credit that benefits taxpayers who pay large amounts of money out of pocket for adoption expenses. Since in vitro and fertility preservation are much newer concepts -- part of a modern way to build families made possible only by recent technological and scientific developments -- this legislation and protection has not yet been made a standard.

The RESOLVE report quotes Risa A. Levine, Esq., RESOLVE Board Member and Advocacy Day Chair saying, "I hear every day how infertility goes untreated because of financial barriers… The desire to have children is fundamental to the human condition, and it's an injustice that people struggling with infertility have been denied access for so long. Finally, the infertility community has hope."

For more information, visit www.resolve.org/taxcredit
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Topics: Fertility, Law, New York, Insurance, Infertility

Health Insurance for Infertility

Posted by NHFC

The Washington Post recently came out with an article about health insurance coverage for infertility treatments. With the rapid growth of fertility care options and advances in IVF and other related fertility technology, more and more people are utilizing fertility treatment options to help them have children. Unfortunately, the article points out, coverage for infertility these days is not a part of many plans, even for businesses in states that mandate that insurance plans cover infertility.

A survey conducted for Resolve: The National Infertility Association back in 2006 found that only about one out of every five employers cover fertility care treatments like in vitro fertilization (IVF). While the major reason that employers seemed to skip fertility treatment was concerns about what it would do to the premiums, over 90 percent of employees that offered fertility care insurance reported that it had not significantly increased their costs.

Michelle Andrews of the Post writes that, "Even if a plan covers IVF, it may cover only a certain number of cycles, or attempts, or cap the dollar amount it will pay for services… Other wrinkles can also trip up would-be parents. For example, Maryland's law requires coverage of in vitro fertilization but stipulates that it be performed with the "spouse's sperm," a tough hurdle for same-sex couples or those with male infertility problems."

Andrews cites a statistic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that one in every eight couples of childbearing age is infertile. That's a whopping 12.5%, higher than many of the other ailments that are more commonly covered.

The Institute of Medicine has assembled a group of experts to deliberate on many of the issues surrounding assisted reproduction and fertility treatment in light of new opportunities and regulations that are coming into the forefront of public consciousness. One of the primary concerns is trying to determine which essential health benefits should be included in polices available through state-based insurance exchanges starting in 2014. Recommendations that come from this committee will go to the Department of Health and Human Services for approval.
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Topics: Fertility, New Hope Fertility, IVF, Same Sex Couples, Insurance, Infertility

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