Over a dozen abortion travel reimbursement companies

At least 13 companies have responded to a leaked draft Supreme Court ruling that would overturn Roe v. Wade by announcing that they would pay for abortion travel and, in some cases, other non-life-threatening medical expenses. More companies are expected to join now that 31 states have introduced abortion bans this year, according to an analysis by the Guttmacher Institute.

Although US companies are not fond of taking sides on abortion, these moves show that companies want to attract and retain talented employees in a country where 50% of registered voters believe Roe should not be overturned, while only 28% think it should ( 22% don’t know or have no opinion) according to a Morning Consult/Politico May 3 poll.

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  • More than a dozen travel-paying companies have offered abortions in the wake of a recently leaked draft Supreme Court ruling that would overturn Roe.
  • A recent Morning Consult/Politico poll conducted after the leak found that 50% of registered voters believe Roe should not be overturned, while only 28% said it should.
  • A final SCOTUS ruling on Roe vs. Wade is expected by the end of June.
  • Some companies, such as Amazon, say they will pay for travel expenses for abortions and other non-life-threatening medical treatments.
  • A bill introduced by Florida Senator Marco Rubio would prohibit employers from deducting business expenses to reimburse employees for the cost of gender transition procedures or travel to obtain an abortion.

Companies offering abortion travel expenses

More than a dozen companies plan to pay for travel for abortions and other non-life-threatening medical treatments and include big names like Amazon, Apple and Citigroup.

It is noteworthy that not all companies are eager to confirm their plans. In some cases, confirmation comes from leaked company memos and disclosures by company CEOs via Twitter.

Among the companies that provide this assistance are:

Amazon.com Inc. It is the second largest private employer in the United States, and the company has notified employees that it will pay up to $4,000 in travel expenses annually, starting January 1, 2023, retroactively in states where the procedure is not available within 100 miles of the employee’s home, according to Reuters.

A bill introduced in the Senate by Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) called the “No Tax Credits for the Radical Corporate Activity Act” would deny employers a business expense deduction to reimburse employees for the cost of gender transition procedures for children or travel for Abortion.

built-in bank, the largest union-owned bank in the United States, issued a statement saying it would cover travel expenses for “employees and their families who need to travel out of state for reproductive health care.” Benefits include airfare, gasoline costs, hotel fees, and meal expenses, as well as childcare expenses for up to five days.

apple Tell The Wall Street Journal That their health insurance policies cover abortion services and travel charges if necessary. The company is expanding in Austin, Texas, to build a new $1 billion campus, spanning 3 million square feet.

stutter He announced via Twitter a relief fund for women and others across the gender spectrum affected by SB-8 in Texas, which bans abortion after six weeks. Relief includes travel for abortion services if needed.

City GroupIn its 2022 proxy statement, it said that “in response to changes in reproductive health care laws in some states, in some states in the United States, beginning in 2022, we are introducing travel benefits to facilitate access to adequate resources.”

DoorDash Tell Forbes It will begin to cover certain travel-related expenses for employees and their families who are enrolled in the DoorDash health plan and must travel out of state to obtain abortion-related care.

Levi Strauss & Co..in a May 4 statement, said employees in the current benefits plan are “eligible to reimburse health care-related travel expenses for services not available in their home state, including those related to reproductive health care and abortion.”

Lift In April, he announced via Twitter that he would expand benefits to include travel costs for US employees enrolled in the company’s health plan who need to travel more than 100 miles to access abortion services. It came after the September announcement that the company would protect drivers from the Texas “bonus” that was part of SB 8 according to Verge.

Match group. In an internal memo issued in the fall of 2021 and circulated on Twitter, CEO Shar Dubey said she has created a fund for workers affected by SB 8 in Texas.

sales force He told employees in September, via a Slack message and later confirmed via Twitter, that the company would help Texans relocate if they wanted to leave the state. According to CNBC, Slack’s message said, “If you have concerns about accessing reproductive health care in your state, Salesforce will help relocate you and your immediate family.”

TeslaThe 2021 Impact Report contains a brief reference to expanding the safety net program which it states to include, “travel and accommodation support for those who may need to access health care services not available in their home country.”

United Talent Agency. In a staff note later reprinted by diverseUTA said it would reimburse travel expenses “related to the receipt of reproductive health services for women that are not accessible in their country of residence.”

howlingwhich already included abortion care as part of its health insurance plan, has added travel benefits for US employees and dependents who need to travel out of state to access it, according to the New York times.

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