BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Nov. 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey (RMANJ), a world-renowned leader in the field of infertility, lends its services and expertise to supporting members of the United States military through the Helping Heroes Build Families (HHBF) program. Through this program, RMANJ has provided over $250,000 in free in vitro fertilization (IVF) services to New Jersey-based active duty servicemen and women since the program started on Memorial Day 2012. Today, RMANJ has announced that the program will continue into 2016.
"I take great pride in being able to help members of our military start families," said Dr. Thomas Molinaro, MD, MSCE, FACOG from RMANJ's Eatontown, NJ office. "I believe that we, as a society, have an obligation to support our military families, especially those here in New Jersey." Currently, Congress does not allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to cover the costs of IVF, often making infertility treatments unaffordable and servicemen and women's hopes of having a family unattainable.
"I am forever grateful to Dr. Molinaro and RMANJ's Helping Heroes program. It was one of the best experiences I ever went through," said Melinda DiStefano, whose son, Alexander, will celebrate his first birthday on November 22. "I truly hope the military, as well as insurance companies, will seriously consider increasing access to services like IVF. Some people simply need the assistance of science and should not be denied a family because of the costs associated with IVF."
To be eligible for Helping Heroes Build Families, patients must:
- Be active-duty United States Military Services personnel (or spouse of) in the United States Army, the United States Navy, the United States Air Force, the United States Marine Corps or the United States Coast Guard
- Serve on a U.S. military base or facility located in New Jersey
- Have been properly screened and diagnosed in collaboration with MDL-based military healthcare providers
- Visit www.rmanj.com for full details
"These men and women serve and protect our country with honor, and I have a deep appreciation for the sacrifices they make," said Dr. Richard Scott, MD, FACOG, ALD/HCLD, a founding partner and the laboratory director at RMANJ, who completed his medical training and practiced medicine in the U.S. Air Force. "RMANJ's Helping Heroes Build Families program is one way that our team is able to express our gratitude."
For more information about eligibility and other program details, contact RMANJ at 973-871-1250 or visit www.rmanj.com/our-success/help-us-help-others/helping-heroes/.
ABOUT REPRODUCTIVE MEDICINE ASSOCIATES OF NEW JERSEY
The experts at RMANJ offer IVF delivery rates of 60.8 percent in women under 35* (n=746/SART.org) which is above the U.S. average. Since 1999, they have helped bring more than 30,000 babies to loving families. In addition to serving as the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, NJ (www.reifellowship.com), the practice has 22 physicians and nine locations in New Jersey: Basking Ridge, Eatontown, Englewood, Freehold, Hamilton, Morristown, Short Hills, Somerset, and West Orange.
RMANJ pioneered and successfully implemented a cutting-edge technology known as Select Comprehensive Chromosome Screening (SelectCCS) to more accurately detect healthy embryos that has led to successful pregnancies and ultimately healthy babies. Select Comprehensive Chromosome Screening (SelectCCS) is owned and operated by the Foundation for Embryonic Competence (www.feclabs.org), and offers advanced embryo selection with extreme accuracy by detecting and avoiding use of embryos with chromosomal abnormalities prior to transfer and pregnancy. For more information please call 973-656-2089 or visit www.rmanj.com.
*Please note: A comparison of clinic success rates may not be meaningful because a patient's medical characteristics, treatment approaches and entrance criteria for assisted reproductive technology (ART) may vary from clinic to clinic. Visit www.sart.org to learn more.
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