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The United States is in the unenviable position of having the highest maternal mortality rate among high-income nations, and this rate is steadily increasing. The good news is that more than 80% of recorded pregnancy-related deaths are preventable, and employers can play an important role in reducing that number.

“Employers are in a unique position to hold health insurers and vendors accountable for the work they do and how equitable access to quality care is achieved,” according to a new report from Mercer. “Without pressure from employers, insurers and vendors are unlikely to change the current practices that are not adequately supporting birthing people of color. As with many areas of health, employers can look to public health initiatives and follow Medicaid’s focus on trying to address the complex factors that contribute to maternal mortality and morbidity in the United States.”

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