New York Governor: Insurance Protections, Rights for Surrogates

New York Governor: Insurance Protections, Rights for Surrogates

Governor Cuomo Reminds Surrogates and Parents of Their New Insurance Rights and Protections During Gestational Surrogacy

New York (STL.News) Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today reminded New Yorkers about new insurance protections and rights for surrogates and parents that will take effect on February 15, 2021.  These new insurance protections and rights were part of the Governor’s FY 2021 Enacted Budget that legalized gestational surrogacy in New York.

“When we passed legislation lifting the antiquated ban on gestational surrogacy we included the nation’s strongest protections for both surrogate mothers and parents alike,” Governor Cuomo said.  “I remind and encourage all New Yorkers to review these new insurance protections and rights as they go through this process.”

The new insurance protections and rights enacted under the Governor’s FY 2021 Budget include:

  • Life insurance for surrogates: Surrogates now have the right to life insurance coverage obtained and paid for by the parents;
  • Health insurance for surrogates: Surrogates now have the right to comprehensive health insurance that is paid for by the parents and must cover maternity care benefits and preventive care and screenings relating to pregnancy; and
  • Insurance for Parents: Parents can now purchase insurance that covers their financial losses if the surrogate fails to perform under the surrogacy contract, and also may purchase donor medical expense insurance.

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