Gestational Surrogates in Nevada Will Now Receive Maternity Insurance Coverage

Published on Wednesday June 5th, 2019 by WCS

Great news! The state of Nevada recently passed legislation that enforces maternity insurance coverage for women who act as gestational surrogates (carriers, mothers). The bill was signed into law by the Nevada governor, Steve Sisolak, on May 30, 2019.

This is an excellent step forward that required a significant group effort from many surrogacy advocates and lawyers who were dedicated to ensuring that the amazing women who act as gestational carriers receive the same insurance coverage that any women undergoing a pregnancy would receive.

Gestational surrogacy is a true gift, and the idea that women who offer their considerable time and energy toward carrying a child for a couple in need would be denied maternity coverage is a deeply unfortunate reality in this country. State laws on everything from the legality of paid surrogacy agreements to parental rights and insurance coverage vary widely – typically putting the onus on intended parents, surrogates, and their respective attorneys to sort through how an agreement can come together while respecting local legalities as well as the wishes of all involved parties.

Fortunately, laws like the one passed in Nevada are becoming more common as states look to expand their position on gestational surrogacy. Changes are supposedly in the works for third-party reproduction laws in states like New York and New Jersey – which are traditionally among the most unfriendly surrogacy states in the country.

Our agency works hard to advocate for our surrogates and intended parents as well as to improve surrogacy laws across the U.S. If you have questions about the surrogacy laws in your state or if you’d like to begin the surrogacy process as a surrogate or intended parent, please contact our team today.