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Answers to your most frequently asked application questions

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Introduction to Hasidah Grants and Loans

Hasidah grants and interest free loans provide funding for in vitro fertilization (IVF) and related expenses (e.g. PGD, ICSI) for necessary infertility treatment.  Hasidah does not proscribe an exact amount for grants or loans, but they typically run between $5,000 and $15,000.
The program is run based on the availability of funds and funding is not guaranteed to all applicants. Our awards take into consideration financial need, medical need, and the how the applicants align with our mission to build Jewish families. Financial and medical experts review all applications to help us understand the nuances. such as the need for a  grant or the ability to manage an interest free loans.  Funding is available to Jews of all backgrounds and sexual orientation.

We wish our funds were unlimited and that we could provide assistance to everyone who needed it. However choices must be made and not all applicants will receive funding. A lots of logistics are involved with IVF treatment so we try to be transparent to minimize confusion. Whether or not Hasidah is able to provide funding, we are always here to listen and provide care to you during your experience with infertility.

If you are considering applying, please read these frequently asked questions, which also includes a few questions we frequently wish applicants had asked.

APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY

In order to receive funding, applications must demonstrate and document the medical and financial need for fertility treatments and the ability to provide appropriate continued care after treatment. Hasidah’s goal is building families, not funding treatments. In that regard, Hasidah reserve the right to decline applicants who do not have a reasonable likelihood of success from treatment or who do not exhibit financial stability. Those who have already spent funds on fertility treatment will be given priority. We also require a full genetic screening to ensure success and the health of any children resulting from treatment. (See www.jscreen.org)

FAQs

GENERAL APPLICATION INFORMATION

Please read this entire Application FAQ section or contact us if you need help determining if you are qualified for funding, completing the application materials or with questions about the review process.

Once applications are received, a thorough review for completeness and accuracy of all submitted information will be done. Hasidah may not be able to notify applicants for mistakes or omissions – REVIEW APPLICATION CAREFULLY BEFORE SUBMITTING. Complete applications are reviewed for medical, financial and general approval. Applicants will then be notified of the results. For those receiving funding, timing will be discussed and appropriate paperwork (i.e. grant awards, promissory notes) will be completed.

Upon notification of scheduled procedures, Hasidah will then manage payment to health care providers up to the awarded amount.

As with all Hasidah financial assistance, the following guidelines apply.

  • All funds awarded must be used within 6 months of the award date.
  • All monies will be paid directly to service providers such as clinics, labs or pharmacies. No monies will be given directly to applicants.
  • Funds may not be used to reimburse for services already received.

Hasidah typically has two funding cycles per year. The deadline for submissions is usually around five weeks after the cycle begins. After applications are received, it takes another month for application review process to be completed. All applicants are then notified whether or not Hasidah was able to provide funding for their application.

A healthcare review committee, a financial review committee and an application review committee review Hasidah applications. Everyone involved takes their role very seriously, appreciates the sensitivity of application information and is bound by confidentiality.

We understand that applicants are requesting financial assistance. However, Hasidah operates with limited staff and additional resources are needed to process applications. Since we do not know how many applications we will receive, this fee helps us manage the varying costs associated with application processing.

We know that the process leading to IVF can be difficult and that there are many questions along the way. We are happy to speak with you, provide support and discuss our funding opportunities. Please
complete a contact form here or call Hasidah at 415.323.3226 to speak with someone.

During applications cycles, the application files are available on the Hasidah website.

  • A personal statement (your story and your vision of your Jewish family)
  • Reference letter(s) (helpful, but optional)
  • The last two IRS returns for both applicants (and/or joint filing)
  • The two most recent pay stubs for both applicants
  • A copy of both sides of your insurance cards
  • A COMPLETED Financial-Worksheet
  • A Medical Referral Form completed by the doctor who will be providing the IVF.
  • A copy of clinic Medical Release Form
  • A $50 application fee

You can also look at a previous application sample to get an idea of the other information requested on the on-line application (this is NOT complete, but a sample)

  • Make sure your application is complete 
  • Please be sure that your answers are thorough, transparent and easily understood! We cannot research missing application information and will be unable to fund requests that are not complete. If you are unsure if something is relevant or necessary, share more information. All grant recipients must agree that if any information was found to be withheld or incorrect, the grant will be forfeited.
  • Medical referrals: Make sure you doctor’s office completes every single item on the form and gives explanations. The Hasidah medical review team does not know why your doctor is making recommendations. They do not know the work up you had to get the recommendation. Make sure they do. If it is not complete, we may not be unable to process it.
  • A perfect stranger needs to be able to read your application and understand your situation just from reading your application. Indeed, they will be. Use the comments fields in the medical and financial sections to explain anything not obvious.
  • Make sure your application is complete
  • Use your essay to tell us what we cannot learn from the information in the application. Don’t repeat what we can read in the other sections. We want to know about who you (single or couple) are and your vision of what your Jewish family will be. 
  • Be careful when determining what funding you are requesting. We know most people do not plan to spend money this way and that every bit helps, but our grants are based on legitimate need and we have to review many applications.  Keep that in mind.
  • The application asks for a lot of information and you have a lot happening already. We only ask for information shown to be relevant when making decisions. Do not omit anything that is asked. We wouldn’t ask if we didn’t need it. While that may make for a bit of work, it also makes sure we can make our decisions with integrity.
  • Make sure your application is complete

Hasidah currently provides grants across the US except in locations that have grant programs available. This includes:

  • New York, New Jersey and Connecticut (Contact StardustFoundation.org)
  • Atlanta, Birmingham, Cincinnati, Greater DC, Pittsburgh, Tampa, and their surrounding communities. (Contact JewishFertilityFoundation.org)
  • Philidelphia (https://jfcsphilly.org/financial-assistance-care-management/)
  • Central Texas (https://treeoflifegrant.com/)
  • Kansas City (https://priyakc.org/)
  • Any other location with Jewish fertility grants available.

Grant recipients need to be willing to share photos of themselves and their story via social media and Hasidah newsletters. You are not expected to share while you are going through IVF. We also want you to attend Hasidah’s annual event and generally promote fundraising events. Success stories inspire other people who are trying to conceive and who would  support Hasidah’s mission.

FINANCIAL CRITERIA

Hasidah consider a range of situations from those with greater financial need leaning towards grants, and those with more financial means but still in need of assistance leaning towards loans. Below are some of the questions we consider when reviewing applications:

  • If treatment is successful, will household have sufficient financial means to support a family? We do take the geographic variability of cost of living into account.
  • Does the household have stable and adequate living arrangements?
  • What is the applicant’s level of debt relative to income? Do they have the capacity to repay a loan?
  • Have the applicants already spent money on previous fertility treatments?
  • Are the treatment costs low, average or high? Research does not link higher costs to better outcomes. Hasidah funds based on national averages of costs.

All recipients will be subject to a criminal background check and a credit check.

Income levels are considered to ensure that proper care can be given to any children resulting from treatment and to distinguish eligibility for grants versus loans. You need to demonstrate that you have enough to provide financial stability to be a parent. We know many people are financially unstable and have children anyways. We however do not want to intentionally build a financially unstable family.  Generally, we do not fund applicants that earn over $150,000. If you do and still think you need assistance, perhaps with a loan, the committee will need an explanation of necessity or extenuating circumstances. We do take cost of living index into consideration.

Applicants must have health insurance but NOT have coverage for IVF. If you think your situation is exceptional, please contact us before applying. 

No. Hasidah only provides funding for treatments before they have started.

No. Our grants are made payable to clinics, laboratories and pharmacies only.

Each case is considered individually based on treatment costs and applicant’s financial situation. Hasidah typically funds between $5,000 – and $15,000, averaging in the middle. All applicants will be required to make a personal contribution to the cost of treatment.

As noted above, first we determine if candidates meet all of application criteria. The amount awarded depends on funds available and financial needs. The medical situation is also considered.  For example, you may be electing to do procedures that are not medically necessary such as ICSI or genetic screening. You may also be going to a clinic that is more expensive. No research supports that more expensive treatment is linked to better outcomes. Additionally, many clinics offer multi-cycles or other programs that package programs together. We support your choice to ensure you success and you will likely have long terms savings from the program. Our funding is based on a single cycle. Lastly, grants and loans are considered based in a large part on short vs long term need. 

MEDICAL CRITERIA

Applicants MUST meet the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) definition of Infertility (i.e. blocked tubes, unexplained infertility, endometriosis, PCOS, male factor, female factor, etc.) OR have other appropriate situation that requires use of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (e.g. cancer treatment, genetic carriers, etc.). A reproductive endocrinologist must certify that IVF is necessary (i.e. not just preferable) and the applicant is an appropriate candidate for IVF.

Hasidah utilizes a healthcare review committee that considers if candidates have a reasonable likelihood of success. Overall mental and physical health will also be considered. 

See more in the questions about eligible and ineligible treatments. 

IVF treatment must be provided at a clinic that reports statistics to and whose doctors are members of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART – www.SART.org) and has acceptable success rates for appropriate procedures. No exceptions. 

Hasidah provides funding for IVF and related treatments such as ICSI and genetic testing (only when medically necessary). Hasidah will fund IVF cycles that use donor gametes. Hasidah’s goal is not to fund fertility treatment. Hasidah’s goal is to build Jewish families by removing financial barriers to treatment that has a reasonable likelihood of success. Except in the rare instance when the treatment may be unsafe for mother or baby, our inability to fund is not a statement against your choice. We deeply respect the choices people make and have faith in the medical community to provide ethically appropriate recommendations and treatment. Please choose to pursue the treatment that you feel is best for you. However, we do not fund treatment if it has a low likelihood of success.

 Eligible treatments include:

  • In vitro fertilization (IVF)
  • IVF-ICSI (In vitro fertilization with intracytoplasmic sperm injection)
  • IVF with egg or sperm donation
  • Related procedures, labs, and pharmaceuticals

  1. Frozen embryo transfers unless they are part of the IVF Hasidah is funding
  2. Reciprocal IVF (unless it is medically necessary)
  3. Embryo banking e.g. new IVF cycles when embryos are already available
  4. Egg freezing
  5. IVF cycles scheduled to start during the grant review time period or that are in process
  6. Woman over age 40 and using her own eggs
  7. Woman over age 45
  8. IVF when applicants already have children
  9. Patients who smoke
  10. IVF when an IUI or other treatment might be indicated first
  11. Woman with elevated BMI. (Poses risks to mother and baby. A BMI over 40 is considered unsafe.)
  12. When multiple prior IVF attempts have been made with no success at SART clinic with reasonable success rates

Full Jewish genetic screening is required. Clinics have varying degrees of screening. We do not want someone to undergo treatment only to find out another factor is a barrier. Please go to www.jscreen.org for more information. 

PERSONAL CRITERIA

Judaism must be the sole religion practiced in the home and applicants need to demonstrate a connection to Jewish life. However, what that looks like is not “criteria” really. It’s that we are deeply invested in our clients and will be on your team to make your vision a reality. The application committee reviews many applications and will not have the chance to meet you in person. In the essay, take the opportunity to share your fertility story, who you are, and your vision for your Jewish family.  

Additionally, all applicants may be subject to a criminal background check. 

 

Yes.  Applicants must have legal U.S. residency status, such as citizenship, green card, work permit or white card.

Yes. Please note that the financial requirements will not be adjusted. The criteria for stability for your growing family remains. 

Our goal is to build Jewish families. If you are in need of IVF to build your Jewish family, can sustain that family, and have financial need then we are here to support you. Please note that because this involves reproduction, we do need to understand the physiology of the people involved.  Your transparency is particularly helpful for our medical reviewers who will not know your specific situation and may need to understand the necessity for medical procedures or donor gametes. 

Hasidah does not fund secondary infertility. We understand the pain of this, however we know that when other applicants have no children, the comparison doesn’t work and we do not want people to spend the time applying for nothing. If you are in a situation that involved step-children, please explain the relationships of those children and their living situations or contact us prior to applying. 

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