Insurers Face Congressional Scrutiny on Maternal Health

More than 30 senators and representatives asked 15 major insurers last week about the pregnancy and postpartum services they cover as part of an effort to reduce racial disparities in maternal health.

The effort was led by a trio of Democratic Illinois lawmakers: Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth, along with Rep. Robin Kelly. The group sent letters to the nation’s largest health insurance companies, including Aetna, UnitedHealthcare, Humana, Cigna, Anthem, Centene and Kaiser Permanente.

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