BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Nov. 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/-- Approximately 3,000 men and women have suffered debilitating category II and III blast and spinal cord injuries while serving and protecting our country. Without the help of science, these injuries prevent our troops from fulfilling their dreams of becoming parents. To honor our troops this Veterans Day, Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey (RMANJ), a world-renowned leader in the field of infertility, has announced that it is taking part in Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology's (SART) Service to Veterans program.
"I have a deep admiration for the men and women who serve our country, and I believe that they should be afforded the right to start families after service, especially those who have sacrificed so much," 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. "We're very hopeful that existing legislation that is currently before Congress will pass and give our military members greater access to fertility services in the near future."
Congress currently 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. While new legislation (HR 2257) was introduced earlier this year by Congressman Jeff Miller to lift this ban, Congress has yet to act. However, through RMANJ's participation in the Service to Veterans program wounded veterans across the country will have access to IVF treatment at a 50 percent discount and which will include free embryonic screening (CCS).
"We need our leaders to pass this bill and take a vital step toward helping our veterans with service-related injuries gain access to the best possible fertility care and treatments," added Scott. "Serving our country is a great sacrifice in itself; it should not have to come at the cost of fulfilling the dream of raising a family."
RMANJ has a solid history of supporting troops across New Jersey through its Helping Heroes Build Families (HHBF) initiative. Over the past four years, RMANJ has provided nearly $250,000 in free IVF services to New Jersey-based active duty servicemen and women.
For more information about eligibility and other program details, contact RMANJ at 973-871-1250.
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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.
Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) is the primary organization of professionals dedicated to the practice of assisted reproductive technologies (ART) in the United States. ART includes the practice of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). The mission of our organization is to set up and help maintain the standards for ART in an effort to better serve our members and our patients. Visit www.sart.org to learn more.
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