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Starting the Conversation About Fertility Benefits

Published by Benefits Magazine – Read Full Article

More organizations are offering fertility benefits than ever before as employers seek ways to help workers build their families and provide a benefit that their employees may highly value.

A 2021 survey of 459 employers commissioned by RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and fielded by Mercer found that more than half are providing some sort of fertility coverage and that coverage is expanding among large and small employers alike. According to Willis Towers Watson survey of 479 employers with at least 100 employees, the percentage of employers covering fertility care is expected to climb to 63% by 2022.

Several factors are driving the trend toward increased fertility benefits. Employees are having children later in life, often because they delayed childbirth while they focused on their education and careers. Since fertility declines with age, meeting the needs of these valued employees is an important consideration. Another factor is that families are built in many ways, including by single parents and same-sex couples who want the same coverage as their partnered colleagues and opposite-sex couples.

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