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Evidence-based Fertility Treatments
This benefit manager guide discusses the range of fertility treatments and how to design plans to support evidence-based approaches to fertility treatment. The guide provides recommendations to employers looking to implement changes in their fertility coverage and align current or future benefit offerings with evidence.
Jul 23, 2019
LGBTQ-Friendly Benefits
The purpose of this survey was to determine what lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ)- friendly benefits employers offer. The survey looks specifically at domestic partner coverage, gender confirmation benefits and fertility benefits. Sixty-one members of the Business Group responded to this survey, although the number may vary from question to question.
Jun 21, 2019
Innovation Insights - Family Matters
Innovation Insights - Family Matters
Jun 12, 2019
Designing a Comprehensive Fertility Benefit to Fit the Needs of Today's Workforce
Hear from Microsoft on how they partner with Progyny to provide a comprehensive fertility benefit that improves outcomes for both employee and employer and learn about their overall approach to fertility treatment coverage, eligibility, and total cost management.
Apr 23, 2019
Employer Perspectives on Pharmacy Priority Topics, Maternity/New Parents and High-Cost Conditions - February 2019
Key insights from the February 2019 Industry Benchmarking Call Series, covering the following topics: pharmacy priorities, maternity/new parents and high-cost conditions
Feb 28, 2019
Quick Survey Findings - Maternal Supports and Benefits
The purpose of this survey was to determine what types of maternal benefits and supports are offered to employees. This survey looks specifically at breast milk and lactation supports, parking options for expectant mothers, leave coverage options and the coordination of short-term disability (STD) and parental leave. Seventy-six members of the Business Group responded to this survey, although the number may vary from question to question.
Feb 18, 2019
Quick Survey Results: Pregnancy Loss
The purpose of this survey was to determine how other employers support employees who have experienced pregnancy loss. This survey looks specifically at whether pregnancy loss is covered under a parental leave program, as short-term disability (STD) or under bereavement policies. Forty-nine members of the Business Group responded to this survey, although the number may vary from question to question.
Nov 8, 2018
Infertility, Surrogacy and Adoption Benefits Quick Survey
The purpose of this survey was to learn how other employers have designed their infertility, surrogacy and adoption benefits. This survey looks specifically at services covered, benefit levels, waiting periods and benefit plan design. Sixty-eight members of the Business Group responded to this survey, although the number may vary from question to question.
Oct 22, 2018
Quick Survey Findings: Parental Benefits, Supports & Perks
The purpose of this survey was to learn how employers are continuing to evolve and grow their parental support offerings. This survey looks specifically at what new, special perks employers are offering to support parents, family members and nursing mothers. This survey also looks at maternity program perks, paid leave programs available to parents and family members, lactation supports offered to nursing mothers, and other supports and perks offered to parents. Forty-five members of the Business Group responded to this survey, although the number may vary from question to question.
May 11, 2018
How Are Large Employers Covering Surrogacy?
Some employees are turning to surrogacy as a way to expand their family. Costs for surrogacy can be affected by many determining factors, such as legal fees and health insurance coverage for the gestational carrier. See what employers are saying about how to implement surrogacy coverage.
Nov 9, 2017
Supporting Employees with High-Risk Maternity Conditions: High Cost Claimants Webinar Series Part IV
This webinar slide presentation features information from the March of Dimes Chief Medical Officer about the scope and impact of high-risk conditions associated with maternity care, as well as how employers can support employees and their children living with these conditions.
Oct 17, 2017
Therapies and Supports for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Their Families
At least 88% of large employers cover some type of autism benefit, but the breadth and scope of treatments covered varies widely. This Benefit Manager Guide outlines the clinical evidence for the most common autism treatments and other considerations for employers as they seek to support children with autism and their working caregivers.
Jan 31, 2017
Infertility, Surrogacy and Adoption Benefits
The purpose of this survey is to determine how other employers have designed their infertility, surrogacy and adoption benefits. The survey also looks at services covered, lifetime infertility maximums, and surrogacy and adoption benefit levels. Additionally, this survey looks at infertility benefit plan design. Forty-seven members of the Business Group responded to this survey.
Oct 10, 2016
Parental Leave and Paid Family Sick Leave
The purpose of this survey is to determine how other employers manage paid parental leave that is separate from short-term disability for different types of parents. The survey also looks at paid parental leave eligibility requirements, other types of paid leave through the Family Medical Leave, and permissive leave. Twenty-nine members of the Business Group responded to this survey.
May 16, 2016
Considerations for Health and Well-being Across Generations: Benefits, Programs and Engagement Strategies
This Employer Guide provides current research on the well-being of millennials, Generation Xers and baby boomers and suggests new or notable benefits that may be meaningful to each generation.
Feb 12, 2016
The Family-Friendly Employer: Top Companies Take the Lead in Parental Leave and Programs for Working Parents
This Top Solutions features successful practices from several employers that are working to create a benefit package that further supports the overall well-being of parents in their workplaces, including parental leave.
Sep 1, 2015
Domestic Partner Coverage
The purpose of this survey was to determine what changes employers are planning to make to their coverage of domestic partners and same-sex spouses in light of the recent Supreme Court ruling. The survey also looks at whether employers are planning to eliminate same-sex domestic partner coverage in lieu of spousal coverage, and whether employees will have a grace period in which to get married. Additionally, the survey looks at anticipated changes for coverage of opposite-sex domestic partners, and what changes employers are planning to make if they were not already offering coverage to same-sex domestic partners/spouses. Sixty-three members of the Business Group responded to this survey.
Jul 16, 2015
Engaging Women in Evidence-Based Maternity Care
This issue brief reviews which maternity interventions are commonly overused and underused and recommends employer actions to promote evidence-based care and achieve engagement. Also included are brief snapshots of employers whose innovative efforts are driving increased utilization of important maternity benefits and programs.
Apr 8, 2015
Maternity and Parental Leave
The purpose of this survey is to understand how employers handle maternity and parental leave benefits for all types of parents. The survey focuses on short-term disability (STD) benefits for birth mothers and paid/unpaid parental leave offered to all parents, including how the benefits are utilized and communicated. The survey also looks at additional programs and services that are offered to parents as well as how these services are communicated. Seventy-five members of the Business Group responded to this survey.
Mar 30, 2015
Employees as Caregivers: Child Care and Elder Care
The purpose of this survey is to determine what benefits employers offer to help employees who are caring for ill children or other family members. The survey also looks at paid and/or unpaid leave for caregivers, and other benefits/services to help employees with young children or aging parents. Thirty-two members of the Business Group responded to this survey.
Mar 11, 2015
Spousal Coverage Options: Strategies for Communicating Changes to Employees
This issue brief lays out options for employers to alter spousal coverage and tips for communicating those changes to employees.
Jan 5, 2015
What Hospitals Don't Want You to Know about C-Sections
This article from Consumer Reports helps patients find the right hospital for labor and delivery by providing the C-section rates for low-risk deliveries in 22 states.
Sep 30, 2014
Coverage of Children with Special Needs
The purpose of this survey was to determine if developmental delays (e.g., Down Syndrome) and intellectual disabilities were covered under the health plan. Nineteen employers responded to this survey.
Aug 8, 2014
Autism Spectrum Disorder Benefits
The purpose of this survey was to obtain updated prevalence data on the coverage of autism spectrum disorder treatments. Findings include the percentage of employers covering Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)-based interventions in 2014, and the percentage of employers considering adding coverage in 2015. Sixty-one members of the Business Group responded to this survey.
May 13, 2014
What Parents Need to Know About Childhood Vaccination
While childhood immunizations are an important need, they can be easily overlooked. A recently published study showed a trend towards missed or delayed childhood immunizations; and for these children, higher incidences of emergency room visits and hospital admissions were observed compared with appropriately vaccinated children. The need to help protect children against diseases is vital for employees who are responsible for young children.
Apr 15, 2014
CT scans for children with head injuries: When they need them—and when they don’t
This resource is intended to engage consumers in important conversations with their physicians about when it's appropriate for children with head injuries to have a CT scan. It was developed by Consumer Reports in cooperation with the American Academy of Pediatrics for Choosing Wisely, a project of the ABIM Foundation.
Apr 11, 2014
Employer Alert: Computed Tomography (CT) Imaging and the Risk to Children
This Employer Alert summarizes steps employers can take to minimize the inappropriate use of CT scans for children covered by their plans.
Dec 2, 2013
Employer Alert: Progress in Reducing Elective Deliveries Before 39 Weeks
Twenty-four hospitals in five states were able to decrease early elective deliveries by 83% in just one year. Specifically, from January to December 2011, these hospitals decreased elective inductions by 72% and elective C-sections by 84%.
Aug 20, 2013
Antibiotics for a sore throat, cough, or runny nose: When children need them—and when they don’t
This resource is intended to engage consumers in important conversations with their physicians about when its appropriate to have children use antibiotics for a sore throat, cough or runny nose. It was developed by Consumer Reports in cooperation with the American Academy of Pediatrics for Choosing Wisely, a project of the ABIM Foundation.
Mar 27, 2013
Delivering your baby: Why scheduling early delivery is not a good idea
This resource is intended to engage consumers in important conversations with their physicians about why scheduling early delivery is not a good idea. It was developed by Consumer Reports in cooperation with the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists for Choosing Wisely, a project of the ABIM Foundation.
Mar 27, 2013
What to reject when you're expecting: 10 procedures to think twice about during your pregnancy
This report from Consumer Reports focuses on 10 procedures that are commonly overused during pregnancy.
Feb 21, 2013
Maternal and Child Health PLAN BENEFIT MODEL: Evidence-Informed Coverage and Assessment
Provides an updated listing of evidence-informed health plan benefits for women, children and adolescents. An assessment section is included in each recommendation to enable you to determine which benefits need to be included or changed to meet the legislative requirements and to improve care.
Apr 30, 2012
Tips for Employers Addressing Anxiety in Child and Adolescent Dependent Population
Employers not only bear the direct cost of treatment for pediatric anxiety, but they also may incur costs due to lost productivity, absenteeism and presenteeism. This tips document recommends ways employers can assist in managing childhood anxiety.
Apr 30, 2012
Incorporating Children into the Corporate Culture of Health
This issue brief spells out the business case for treating child and adolescent health with the same importance as adult health. Using illustrative examples from large employers, it also provides meaningful ways for corporate culture to address the well-being of children and adolescents.
Apr 27, 2012
Reducing Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy to Strengthen the Future Workforce
This document outlines the impact of unplanned pregnancy on employers, and offers recommendations for addressing pregnancy as a future workforce issue.
Apr 4, 2012
Preterm Birth and Elective Labor Induction Prior to 39 Weeks
With employer policies, education and preventive measures in place, many preterm births, C-sections and elective labor inductions prior to 39 weeks can be avoided, resulting in healthier mothers and babies, as well as reduced costs.
Mar 14, 2012
Investing in Maternal and Child Health: A Calculator for Employers
The National Business Group on Health and the University of Michigan have developed a cost-savings calculator to estimate the value to employers of preventive health benefits for women of child-bearing age and children. This publication explains how your company can use this new tool to improve the health of employees and dependents.
Jun 23, 2011
A Guide for Employers: Using Comparative Effectiveness Research - Choosing to Have Labor Induced: Safety and Harm
Provides actions suggested by the National Business Group on Health for employers who want to use comparative effectiveness research (CER) in their health plan and program design. It is based on research funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).
Jun 6, 2011
Department of Labor Issues Fact Sheet on New Break Time Requirements for Nursing Mothers
The Department of Labor (DoL) issued a Fact Sheet providing guidance for employers on the requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's (Affordable Care Act) amendment of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that requires employers to provide break times to nursing mothers.
Jul 29, 2010
Employer's Guide to Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Designed to help employers improve the delivery of child and adolescent behavioral health services, as well as improve services for family caregivers. This Guide details the impact of child and adolescent mental health disorders on the employer; major trends in epidemiology and treatment; and current challenges and recommendations for action.
Mar 6, 2009

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