ND legislature says no to Medicaid payments for surrogate mothers

BISMARCK, N.D. (GPN) – North Dakota lawmakers are moving to ban payment of Meidcaid benefits for surrogate mothers.

The North Dakota Senate unanimously approved the ban Friday. The legislation now goes to the North Dakota House for its review.

Medicaid is a taxpayer-financed medical insurance program for low-income North Dakotans.

Minot Sen. Oley Larsen says North Dakota’s Department of Human Services requested the change.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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