Women's Health

Women's Health

Nothing is more important than your health and well-being. Women’s Health Programs, available through UnitedHealthcare (UHC), and Maternity and Fertility support services through Maven, are open to all faculty, staff and covered dependents to help everyone achieve the best possible health.

Women's Health Resources

Preventive care helps you stay healthy. Medical services that defend against health emergencies, illnesses and diseases—like annual check-ups, immunizations and screening tests—are considered preventive. If you are enrolled in a Columbia medical plan, in-network preventive services are covered at 100%, with no payment needed from you.

The University’s medical plans are compliant with the ACA and federal guidelines pertaining to coverage for preventive services. UnitedHealthcare (UHC) follows the preventive immunization guidelines recommended by the CDC and the guidelines of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force A & B recommendations for determining what is considered preventive care. See U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendations.

Examples of Preventive Health Services for Women:

  • Preventive Breast Ultrasounds, when billed by a physician with a preventive diagnosis
  • Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT), also known as 3D Mammography
  • Cervical cancer screening
  • Pre-eclampsia screening, included in a prenatal visit
  • Osteoporosis screening for women age 65 and older

Maternal Health Resources

The University offers a Family Building benefit for all covered members and eligible dependents. The benefit includes fertility services administered by United Healthcare (UHC) and support services through Maven. There is no requirement to meet a definition of infertility or infertility criteria required for covered members or eligible dependents to access this benefit. 

Therapeutic services under the Family Building benefit may include Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART), including Reciprocal Fertility Services, and insemination procedures including artificial insemination and intrauterine insemination, when provided by or under the direction of a physician. Additionally, the benefit covers some associated donor medical expenses. 

Advocate4Me and the Columbia Benefits Service Center can help with detailed benefits questions:


  • Members should call Advocate4Me for any detailed benefits questions
  • Providers should call the UHC provider line for prior authorizations and any detailed benefit questions
  • Fertility coverage and claims run through UHC
  • To find out more about these services to to myuhc.com and log in with your username and password; or call Advocate4Me at 1-800-232-9357


  • Maven offers Maternity and Fertility support services for women and the family health journey
  • For more details review services in Maternity Support Services with Maven below

Columbia Benefits Service Center

If your baby is born preterm or with a serious health problem, Neonatal Resource Services can help with a dedicated team of nurse case managers, social workers and other services. For more information go to UHC - Neonatal Resource Services.

Columbia provides free on demand support services through Maven to employees and their covered dependents enrolled in a medical plan. This service provides a Care Advocate 24/7 that will:

  • Guide you through your journey with personalized and continuous support.
  • Make referrals to in-person care such as specialists and facilities
  • Direct you to educational resources and community support resources that include on demand live member classes.

These support services are available while you are on the following journeys:

  • Pre-conception – Thinking about having a family
  • Fertility (IUI/IVF) options
  • Adoption/Surrogacy with use of the Maven Wallet app
  • Pregnancy/Maternity
  • Postpartum and Newborn support
  • Pregnancy Loss
  • Partner track

How to Sign Up:

  • Go to mavenclinic.com/join/columbia -or-
  • Register by downloading the Maven Clinic App (Apple Android)Sign up with your personal email. You will be prompted to authenticate using your Columbia University email.