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State Supreme Court considers insurance for mothers


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Supreme Court was scheduled to rule Friday in a case that could determine whether insurance companies can refuse to pay the maternity costs of surrogate mothers.

The case involves a dispute between MercyCare HMO of Janesville and two surrogate mothers denied coverage by the company during their pregnancies.

The company had a policy of covering pregnant women, but excluding surrogate mothers who act as "gestational carriers" for others' babies.

The Wisconsin Commissioner of Insurance said state law forbids MercyCare from denying maternity coverage simply because a woman is having a baby as a surrogate.

The company appealed and a Rock County judge ruled in its favor, saying the exclusion was appropriate.

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