One exciting Front Porch prototype that’s moving ahead rapidly is Jewish Fertility Foundation’s (JFF) Israel Baby Grant. This prototype, spearheaded by Atlanta’s community based organization, Jewish Fertility Foundation, intends to send a Jewish couple to Israel, where fertility treatments cost a fraction of U.S. prices. “Only 15% of Georgia residents have insurance that covers a portion of their fertility treatments,” says Elana Frank, Founding Executive Director of JFF. “With the cost of one IVF cycle in Atlanta averaging $23,000, and no guarantee of success, many couples have no access to assisted reproductive technologies.” By linking Atlanta couples with a network of Israeli IVF providers, at an out-of-pocket cost of $2,500-$5,000, the JFF prototype can potentially give many more families high quality affordable options for fertility treatment. If successful, JFF Israel Baby intends to scale the program up so many more couples can build their Jewish families.
Elana Frank and her prototype team – Jori Mendel, Elie Engler, Rabbi Analia Bortz, Stephanie Gewirtz and Roey Shoshan – are taking the idea of “medical tourism” to a new place with their project. “All over the world people travel beyond borders for high quality medical treatment, often with a lower cost. As someone who experienced infertility treatment in Israel, and was successful, this just makes so much sense,” Frank says. “Couples who are successful in building families in Israel will forever have a powerful tie to the Jewish homeland.” The JFF Israel Baby Grant has attracted a great deal of interest even outside of Atlanta. To help the prototype over the finish line, JFF is looking for 7 more $1,000 donors. Contact Elana Frank to get involved.
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