5 maternal, family benefit trends payers should watch in 2022

Maternity and neonatal care company ProgenyHealth anticipates five trends will dominate the way payers cover and support mothers and caregivers.

1. Payers and the federal government are supporting an "end-to-end" approach to maternal health that aims to reduce maternal mortality, especially among Black and Native American women.

2. Businesses that offer employees health benefits are doubling down on family and behavioral health benefits to accommodate the increasing number of mothers and caregivers forced to leave work to care for infants. 

3. The American Rescue Act fueled expanded coverage of postpartum care, and managed care companies bidding on Medicaid contracts will need to demonstrate a similar commitment. 

4. The pandemic ramped up digital innovation across healthcare, and maternal health is no different. Payers should expect to see an increased adoption of maternal health platforms and solutions to drive stronger health outcomes. 

5. The company predicts an industry-wide shift "from commitment to action" when it comes to addressing social determinants of health, including elements that impact mother and infant health.

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