Gift of Hope Offers IVF Grant to Couples in Need
Because most insurers don’t cover infertility treatment, roughly half of patients who struggle to conceive aren’t able to afford the treatments they need to grow their families*. For these couples, an IVF grant may seem like a dream that’s too good to be true. But a special program, Gift of Hope, makes it happen for two deserving couples every year – and the time to apply for the 2017 grant is fast approaching.
Every spring, the Gift of Hope program awards an IVF grant to two couples, one in Baton Rouge and one in Lafayette, who demonstrate both financial and medical need. The program was established in 2006 by our Louisiana fertility center’s own John Storment, M.D., along with donors Women’s & Children’s Hospital in Lafayette, Louisiana Anesthesiology and Sheridan Healthcare, anesthesia providers.
IVF grant program for Louisiana residents
The Gift of Hope began with a conversation over the Storment family dinner table. Dr. Storment’s wife, Amelie, came up with the idea as a way to give back to the community while raising awareness about infertility.
The concept blossomed into a program that awards an IVF grant to two deserving couples every year. Twelve years, 14 couples and five babies later, the Gift of Hope is still made possible by the generosity of many individuals, including Fertility Answers, Dr. Storment and Susan Conway, M.D.. Including our free physician and lab services, the combined value of each Gift of Hope is estimated to be $10,000 to $15,000.
To be eligible, couples must:
- Earn less than $100,000 per year in adjusted gross income (copy of federal tax return required)
- Have no or limited insurance coverage for infertility and IVF (copy of insurance cards required)
- Be tax-paying residents of Louisiana
- Have a documented medical need for IVF (doctor’s referral required)
- Have insurance coverage for prenatal care
Applicants are also asked to share the compelling story of their need for fertility treatment. A volunteer selection committee reviews all applications and chooses which of the many deserving applicants will receive the IVF grant.
Applications accepted starting March 1, 2017
This year’s Gift of Hope program will open for applications on March 1, 2017 and the deadline is May 11, 2017.
* According to Resolve, the National Infertility Association