Since the draft statement of the decision was leaked in May, companies across the country have announced plans to reimburse employees for travel related to seeking abortion if they live in a state where the procedure is illegal.
Tempe-based GoDaddy announced that they would pay for abortion-related travel expenses.
“We are deeply concerned about the recent changes that restrict reproductive rights,”[ads1]; GoDaddy officials said in a statement. “Restricting these rights affects the ability of people to succeed on their own terms, which is at the heart of our mission to empower entrepreneurs everywhere and make opportunities more inclusive. That is why a few weeks ago we announced internally that we would expand our health benefits in the United States to cover travel and travel-related costs for abortion-related and other health needs of employees and their covered spouses and relatives in our health plan. “
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Effective July 1, JPMorgan Chase & Co., which employs approximately 9,500 people in Arizona, will extend its covered travel benefits to all covered services that cannot be obtained within 50 miles of where the employee resides.
“Our healthcare services have historically covered travel benefits for certain covered travel services,” according to a company memo released by JPMorgan Chase. “From July onwards, we will extend this benefit to all covered services that can only be obtained far from home, which will include legal abortion.”
The company had previously only covered certain procedures, such as organ transplantation or bariatric surgery.
“As always, we are focused on the health and well-being of our employees and want to ensure fair access to all benefits,” a JPMorgan Chase spokesman said in an email.
A spokeswoman for DoorDash, which employs about 1,000 people in Arizona, said the company will cover certain travel-related expenses for employees and their relatives who are registered in the company’s health plan seeking abortion in states where they do not have access.
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“It is crucial that all DoorDash employees and their relatives covered by our health plans have fair, timely access to safe health care. This is one of our guiding principles as an employer. Because safe abortion procedures are likely to be severely restricted in several states,” “DoorDash will cover certain travel-related expenses for employees who face new barriers to access and need to travel out of state for abortion-related care.”
Many national employers offer reimbursement
Dick’s Sporting Goods also announced that they would reimburse employees up to $ 4,000 in travel expenses for traveling to the nearest place abortion is legally available. The benefit will cover employees, spouses or relatives who are registered in the company’s medical plan, together with a support person, the company’s management announced on social media.
In May, Amazon announced that it would also reimburse up to $ 4,000 in travel expenses for non-life-threatening medical treatment, including abortion, if the procedure could not be done within 100 miles of the employee’s home.
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Starbucks also announced that it would reimburse employees and relatives enrolled in a Starbucks health plan for travel expenses related to abortion if a provider is not available within 100 miles.
Other companies that have announced that they will reimburse employees for travel for abortions include Yelp, Disney, Tesla, Salesforce, Bumble, Citigroup and Match Inc., according to USA Today.
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