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Why is one of the requirements not being on government assistance what does that have to do with surrogacy? it just seems odd. I am currently on WIC and my son has medicaid? Does this disqualify me?
from what I have read that when you are receiving ANY kind of Government assistance you need to report ANY income that you receive from all sources, and if you receive funds through surrogacy then you may actually lose your Government benefits completely and not be able to reclaim them once the surrogacy is over.
another issue is that the if it is known to be a surrogate pregnancy, Medicaid is not supposed to pay for the medical expenses. if it is found out later that they did, and you didn't report it as a surrogacy pregnancy (tried to do it "quietly") it is actually considered fraud, and trust me...you don't want to try and Fraud the government.
So because of this Agencies will just exclude anyone on Government assistance in order to avoid any potential issues.
This link isn't really the best written article but it covers the basics to answer your question.
thanks that really helps
Surrogates need to live in a stable environment to foster a healthy pregancy. Not being able to afford insurance doesnt make you a bad surrogate and doesnt disqualify you from becoming a surrogate mother. Recieving a welfare check or EBT does. Mostly because of the fraud issue and Ips want to make sure their surrogate isnt living in an unstable situation full of stress and uncertainty.
Not to start anything, but being a surrogate is a personal choice that any woman can decide to do IF she isn't already depending on taxpayers dollars to pay her bills. It is completely unethical and wrong (in my opinion) for a woman to be making money off of a pregnancy that everybody else has to pay for. And even if you try going independently and "keeping it quiet", you have no way to be sure that it won't get back to the State over the course of the pregnancy/delivery. I would report it in a heartbeat if I found out someone I know or "know of" was doing that. I at very least hope that any potential surro would be honest and report this income and then let the chips fall where they may.
No offense but you can't "help" one family while ripping everybody else off.
Having your pregnancy & bills paid for you while you pocket the surro compensation is NOT the same thing as golfing & "business expenses". I don't know what your talking about and I don't think you do either.
My guess is that would be ok, the big issue is someone on assistance making a profit off of a pregnancy that taxpayers are paying for.
I didn't mean to upset or offend you. My comment was in regards to the idea of people scamming the system. I understand the awful circumstances in which you & Kimberly were left in. I commend you on wanting to help another family even with all the stress of being a single mother. My beef is with people trying to defraud the system and taxpayers. I don't have a problem as long as the appropriate steps are taken and compensation is reported. I agree w/the rest of the responses as to why agencies make restrictions and think warning should be considered involving going indy instead so you don't miss an important step/issue and get in trouble. Long story short I wasn't trying to make a blanket statement, I realize every story is different. I just hope that everyone will go by the book and do this legitimately. I think Kimberly has the right idea and is a good example of how to do things the right way.