Every insurance company has different rules. We have been successful in obtaining insurance authorization for services provided. Many times insurance companies, such as HMO plans, require a referral from your primary care provider. Our office staff will work with you through this process.
The UCSF Fetal Treatment Center cannot offer financial assistance, however you may be eligible for governmental assistance depending on the insurance programs offered in your state of residence.
We cannot guarantee that you will be eligible for support by any of these programs
California Children's Services This program is open to anyone who:
Medicaid U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services official medicaid site
Insure Kids Now U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services list of state child health insurance programs
The Fetal Treatment Center does not have funds to pay for patient expenses. It is the responsibility of the family to provide for their own needs. Some insurance plans will reimburse patients for their travel and lodging expenses.
The UCSF website has compiled a list of short term lodging options which can assist you in planning your travel to San Francisco. Please ask our office staff if you have any questions about these arrangements.
Unfortunately neither the San Francisco Ronald McDonald House nor the Koret Family House accepts families during the fetal evaluation process. After your surgery is over, accommodations might be available at either location. However, space is very limited, and their rooms are usually reserved first for families with seriously ill children.
For more information about preparing for your stay with us read Preparing for Being a Fetal Surgery Patient
In some cases, time commitments for the initial surgery, extended bed rest if necessary, and follow up treatment of your child can be quite lengthy. Work and financial matters may become even more of a concern if you are traveling from out of town or another state.
It is not always possible for fetal surgery parents to go without working for extended periods of time, and as a result some have come up with creative and innovative ways of dealing with their work situations and maintaining some income:
It will be important to understand how your employer interprets the FLA. The FLA serves to safeguard your job under certain medical circumstances. Generally, employers may allow up to 12 weeks medical leave without pay. Typically, you will need to submit some basic paperwork regarding the nature of the problem and your physical limitations, or those of your partner. The Fetal Treatment Team is very helpful in assisting with this documentation which you can obtain from your employer.
SDI provides benefits (a proportion of your wages) to eligible workers who experience a qualifying disability, including disabilities related to pregnancy and childbirth. Specific steps toward applying for and obtaining SDI benefits vary by state. Therefore, if you choose to pursue this option, you are advised to consult with your employer's human resource department and/or your state's Employment Development Department.
If you are employed, you may in fact be pleasantly surprised how supportive your employers and/or co-workers may be when they understand your circumstances and when you come to them with viable alternatives.
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Baby Sarah Elizabeth has a very successful recovery from an SCT which is removed while she is still a fetus.