PREMIER PERK: Surrogacy Coverage
In 2017, the professionalservices firm began offering surrogacy reimbursement of up to $25,000 per child for medical expenses through pre-treatment screening, insemination, fertilization, IVF cycle and embryo transfer, as well as travel expenses incurred, whether the employee is the surrogate or a person using a surrogate.
One Mom’s Story Erica Huston-Elem (on right), a management analyst with two children, offered to carry her best friend Katelin’s child after she and her husband struggled with infertility. The surrogacy benefits and support she received made Erica feel “confident I could do this while having a driven career,” she recalls. “There used to be a stigma about surrogacy, but I had so many cheerleaders at home and at work.” Following a miscarriage, she gave birth to healthy twins, Poppy and Oliver. Erica took eight weeks’ short-term disability, plus 16 weeks’ family leave to recover and be with her husband and kids—Stella, 8, and Jack, 5.