The Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Gestational Surrogacy Program, open to full-time faculty and staff, reimburses gestational surrogacy parents up to $15,000 for eligible expenses associated with the gestational surrogacy.
Gestational surrogacy is an arrangement in which a person carries and delivers a baby for another person or couple. The person who carries the baby is the gestational surrogate, or gestational carrier. This benefit is designed to provide expense reimbursement for a JHU employee who is using the services of a gestational surrogate rather than for those acting as a gestational surrogate for another individual or couple.
To participate in our Gestational Surrogacy Program, you must be a full-time faculty, staff or bargaining unit member with at least one year of full-time JHU service immediately prior to the initiation of the surrogacy process and remain employed through the birth date of the child. Visiting full-time faculty are not eligible for this plan.
- Single gestational surrogacy up to a maximum of $15,000 per family;
- Simultaneous gestational surrogacy of two children up to a maximum of $30,000 per family;
- Limited to $15,000 for one gestational surrogacy birth or $30,000 for simultaneous surrogacy births during any two years;
- You can not receive reimbursement through the adoption assistance program and the gestational surrogacy program for the same child;
- Requests must be received within 90 days of the adoption;
- Reimbursements paid through payroll.
In accordance with IRS requirements, gestational surrogacy expenses reimbursed by the university are fully taxable and applicable taxes will be withheld from the reimbursement. The reimbursement will be reflected on your W-2 as ordinary income.
The following expenses are reimbursable under JHU’s Gestational Surrogacy Program:
- Reasonable and customary public and private agency fees permitted or required under the law of the state having jurisdiction over the gestational surrogacy
- Reasonable and customary legal and court fees
Documentation of expenses includes invoices and paid receipts or bank statements of payment made in full.
The following expenses, however, will not be eligible for reimbursement under the Plan:
- Medical expenses for the child, natural mother or parents
- Costs associated with legal guardianship
As with the Adoption Assistance Plan, the University reserves the right to amend or terminate the gestational surrogacy benefit at any time and for any reason.
To participate in The JHU Gestational Surrogacy Program, submit a completed gestational surrogacy affidavit and all supporting documentation to Johns Hopkins University, Office of Benefits Services, Johns Hopkins at Eastern, 1101 E. 33rd St., Suite C020, Baltimore, MD 21218, or fax to 443-997-6812.