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Season 5, Episode 81

How labor groups can improve infertility care for female members



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Dr. Janet Choi and Stacey Hofert

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In honor of National Infertility Awareness Week beginning today, April 22, America’s Work Force Union Podcast featured Dr. Janet Choi, a double-board certified reproductive endocrinologist, and Stacey Hofert, Vice President of Labor and Trust, from Progyny. They discussed what they are doing to help individuals in the trades receive better care across the fertility, family building and women’s health continuum. They also talked about expanding benefits and closing the gaps in coverage that exist today.

As many labor groups expand their efforts to recruit more women, fertility benefits are becoming an expected benefit by the younger members. The World Health Organization and American Medical Association have recognized infertility as a disease, and 21 states have passed fertility insurance coverage laws. These are reasonable first steps for expanding fertility benefits for women in labor, according to Hofert. To keep pace, Hofert said that Taft-Hartley plans recognize the need for expanding benefits despite not being required to follow state mandates.

When discussing current coverage and plan designs available to women in labor, Dr. Choi discussed the limitations in place. Because the traditional definition of infertility creates a misconception that incidentally creates gaps in fertility coverage, women struggle to obtain proper care, Hofert said. Many of the limitations prevent progressive care benefits, including a “Dollar Max” model that she said drives irrational and poor treatment decisions. On top of that, Dr. Choi said most benefits do not and cannot track outcomes of treatment plans for infertility patients

To address the gaps in fertility care, Hofert said it will be important for benefit plans to prioritize women’s health equity. Dr. Choi agreed and shared the different ways infertility impacts members. The examples go beyond just physical, with most patients reporting a decrease in their mental health. As the modern workforce continues evolving and the makeup of members in labor organizations diversifies, gaps in coverage will need to be resolved. 

This is what Dr. Choi, Hofert and Progyny excel at, providing thoughtful and fair solutions for all. To learn more about what Progyny can do for your group, please visit Progyny’s website.

Listen to the episode above to learn more about fertility care for women in the trades.

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