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Survey: Fertility coverage won’t spike employers’ costs

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Ninety-one percent of employers that provide coverage for fertility treatment haven't experienced a related increase in their medical costs, according to a new survey of 900 employers by Mercer Health and Benefits.

One in four respondents said their organizations cover in vitro fertilization. Half cover evaluation by a fertility specialist. And about 37 percent cover drug therapy for fertility treatment.

Employers that do provide fertility coverage say their top reasons for doing so are: ensuring employee access to quality care; attracting/retaining talent; being viewed as a family-friendly employer; and responding to employee requests.

Among employers that don't provide fertility coverage, two-thirds said their main reason for not offering the insurance was the fear of potential cost increases.

Note: Texas and 13 other states mandate that health insurers provide some form of coverage for fertility treatment.  

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