Here’s an overview of the Surrogacy Assistance Program. The details can be found here.
You can receive a taxable reimbursement of up to $15,000 for eligible expenses when using a surrogate to assist in carrying and giving birth to a child.
HOW SURROGACY ASSISTANCE WORKS
Who is eligible?
You, if you are a regular full-time employee working 30 or more hours per week and intend to become the legal parent of a child born through a U.S.-based surrogate
How much can I receive?
- Up to $15,000 (taxable) per surrogacy event
- Up to two surrogacy events
What expenses are eligible for reimbursement?
- Court costs, legal costs and attorney’s fees
- U.S.-based surrogacy agency fees
- Travel expenses for the intended parents or gestational carrier related to the surrogacy occurrence
- Egg/sperm donation agency fees
- Fees charged by the surrogacy agency to administer the surrogacy occurrence
- Screening costs for gestational carrier and egg or sperm donor
- Egg or sperm retrieval fees, IVF and medical costs, if not covered by another source
- The cost of transfer of the embryo to the gestational carrier
- Donor fertility costs and fees not covered by another source
- Egg or sperm shipping and transport fees
- Pregnancy medical expenses related to surrogacy not covered by another source
- Immigration and immunization fees associated with a surrogacy occurrence
- Unreimbursed medical expenses of the child(ren) and/or birth mother/surrogate
What expenses are not eligible for reimbursement?
- Any surrogacy arrangement that is not legally valid and recognized in the U.S.
- Any expenses that violate a state, federal or local law
- Compensation to gestational carrier or birth mother
- Compensation to egg or sperm donor
- Voluntary donations or contributions to the surrogacy agency
- Costs paid using funds from any federal, state or local program for surrogacy
- Expenses incurred prior to January 1, 2024, or your most recent hire date, whichever is later
- Guardianship or custody costs that are not associated with the surrogacy of the child
- Cost of living expenses and/or personal items such as: rent, utilities, food, clothing, over-the-counter supplements, toys, furniture, etc.
- Loss of income, including but not limited to loss of income due to complications of pregnancy such as bed rest for birth mother/surrogacy
- Any childcare expenses
- Any costs associated with transferring and/or terminating a surrogacy arrangement
- Expenses reimbursed under another employer program
- Any expenses not expressly stated as included shall be deemed to be excluded
Must I be employed by Hess to be reimbursed?
- Yes. To be eligible for reimbursement, expenses must be incurred and the surrogacy must be Legally Finalized while you are employed by Hess.
- If you leave Hess, any eligible expenses incurred but not reimbursed prior to your last day at work are not eligible for reimbursement. However, any reimbursements made prior to your leaving Hess are yours to keep.