Gift Of Hope Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Gift of Hope?
The Gift of Hope awards grants for a free IVF treatment cycle to Louisiana couples each year.
Must both partners be Louisiana residents?
Yes, both applicants must be Louisiana residents.
How often is the Gift of Hope awarded?
At present, grants are awarded once annually.
How many grants are awarded?
Generally, one or two grants are awarded each year.
Does the grant apply to intrauterine insemination (IUI) and other procedures?
The Gift of Hope applies only to a single standard fresh in vitro fertilization treatment (IVF) cycle. However, the selection committee may award additional grants to other couples exclusively for intrauterine insemination (IUI) if funding allows.
At which Fertility Answers clinic will the IVF procedure be performed?
The IVF procedure will be conducted at our Fertility Answers ART Center in Lafayette, LA, or at Fertility Answers clinic in Baton Rouge, LA.
How do I know which clinic to select for the treatment?
Please indicate on your application form which location, Baton Rouge or Lafayette, that you are applying for the Gift of Hope. Location preference should be chosen based on your residence or if you are a patient of Fertility Answers, the clinic you go to for treatment. If you do not select a location, the selection committee will select one for you.
What IVF costs are actually covered by the Gift of Hope?
The Gift of Hope covers the following procedures:
- Laboratory work ordered and completed as indicated for a standard IVF treatment cycle
- Ultrasound exams ordered and completed as indicated for a standard IVF treatment cycle
- Fertility medications prescribed for the IVF treatment cycle (cap of $3,000 per cycle)
- Retrieval of eggs
- Transfer of embryos
- Initial cryopreservation of unused embryos, if applicable (includes one year of storage fees)
What IVF costs are NOT covered by the Gift of Hope award?
Winning applicants of the Gift of Hope may be required to pay these expenses related to their in vitro fertilization cycle:
- Off-site storage of cryopreserved embryos
- Complications arising out of the IVF treatment
- Other or specialized laboratory testing expenses, as necessary or requested, such as, but not limited to, semen analysis, MESA TESA, etc.
- Other or specialized medical procedures or surgery, as necessary or requested
- Donor egg or donor sperm expenses
- Medication required above the $3,000 cap
- Travel expenses
- Other fees and costs not covered by donation
- Pre-screening laboratory fees
- Certain fertility medications
- Pre-pregnancy genetic testing
- Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis PGD
- Pre-implantation Genetic Screening PGS
I already have frozen embryos from a past IVF cycle. Will the Gift of Hope cover a Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET) cycle?
No. The Gift of Hope is only for a standard, fresh IVF cycle.
Can the time for using the grant be extended beyond one year?
No. The couple receiving the Gift of Hope award must commence (start) their IVF cycle within 12 months of the award.
Is there an age limit?
No, there is no age limit to apply for the Gift of Hope.
Can you have children already?
Yes, but the selection process is preferential to those without children.
Is there an annual minimum or maximum income?
There is no minimum income limit, however, the selection process is preferential to couples earning enough to support a child. The maximum income limit allowed to apply is $100,000 Adjusted Gross Revenue. This amount can be found on your tax return (Line 37 on IRS Form 1040, Line 21 on IRS Form 1040A, or Line 4 on IRS Form 1040 EZ)
What medical insurance coverage is required?
Couples applying must be able to provide proof of medical insurance to cover their health care needs including the cost of prenatal care. Please check your policy to make sure you also have prenatal and maternity coverage.
What if my insurance also covers infertility services and IVF?
You may still apply, however, the selection process is preferential to those applying whose insurance does not cover infertility or IVF.
Do I need to provide a physician’s written recommendation?
If you are NOT already a patient of one of the physicians at Fertility Answers (within the last two years), you will need to provide a written recommendation from your physician, on letterhead, of your need for IVF to conceive. We also encourage you to ask your referring physician to provide as much documentation as possible, including lab values, with your application as this helps our selection committee determine your need and possible success with IVF. The date on the documents should be within the past year.
What lab information would be helpful to add to our application?
Specific lab information that would be helpful in determining your candidacy for the Gift of Hope include FSH levels (follicle stimulating hormone) and AMH levels (anti-mullerian hormone). These values should be fairly recent, at least within the past 6 months to a year.
If you still have questions regarding the Gift of Hope, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.