Companies reimburse staff travel costs for abortions


Following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade effectively banning abortions immediately in some states, a plethora of companies have pledged to provide travel expenses for staff who live in a restricted state and want access to an abortion in a state where it is still legal. Netflix, Disney, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Nike are just a few companies that join companies such as Live Nation, Sony Music, Amazon, Tesla, Citigroup, Levi Strauss and Starbucks who previously said they would support their respective staff who seek abortions by covering travel costs.

In an email obtained by rolling stoneLive Nation CEO Michael Rapino told employees on May 12 — just over a week after news was initially leaked that the Supreme Court would shut down Roe v. Wade – that the company would cover the travel expenses of its U.S. employees for “women’s health services.

“Access to health services for women is absolutely vital,” Rapino wrote. “We want to make sure that all women who are part of Live Nation have access to the services they need, no matter where they live.”

A source familiar with the matter at Sony Music said earlier this year the company also let its staff know that it would provide care, including travel reimbursement for health care, including medical care. of reproductive health. In documents obtained by rolling stoneSony Music Group told employees it would provide a travel allowance of up to $10,000 per year if a covered member or dependent in need of care — including for women’s reproductive health and child care gender affirmation – cannot get services within 50 miles of their home.

Other media companies, including Netflix and Disney, have also made similar commitments to their staff. “Netflix offers travel reimbursement coverage for full-time U.S. employees and their dependents who need to travel for cancer treatment, transplants, gender-affirming care, or abortion — through our health plans Americans,” a spokesperson said. Told Variety. “This is a lifetime allowance of $10,000 per employee and/or their dependents per department.” On Friday, a source said Variety that Disney employees who cannot access medical service, including abortions, in one location will receive a travel allowance that allows for “affordable coverage to receive similar levels of care in another location.”

Also on Friday, Nike and Dick’s Sporting Goods announced they would pay for employee travel from states where abortion is banned. Nike said it will cover travel and accommodation “in situations where services are not available close to home and will make regular adjustments to our benefits to ensure employees have access to quality health care. that they need”. The Oregonian reports.

Meanwhile, Dick’s Sporting Goods President and CEO Lauren Hobart announced that the company will continue to support its staff seeking abortions by providing up to $4,000 in travel expenses for those living in a restricted state and want access to an abortion in a state where it is still legal. Hobart said that while it is not yet clear what decision each state will make regarding abortion, “Dick’s Sporting Goods is ready to ensure that all of our teammates have consistent and safe access to the benefits we provide, regardless of be the state in which they Direct.”

Several major banks and financial institutions, including Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase, have announced that they will also cover travel costs, for The Guardian. Meanwhile, tech giants like Facebook parent company Meta said they would reimburse travel “to the extent permitted by law”, while Apple noted that its current benefits package already allows employees to seek out-of-state medical care. After the Supreme Court’s draft notice of the ruling leaked, Microsoft said it would extend support for “essential healthcare”.

This story was updated on 6/27/22 at 10:45 a.m. ET with other companies offering out-of-state medical reimbursement.


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