Coffee giant Starbucks joined a growing list of companies covering the travel expenses for employees seeking out-of-state abortions.
Employees enrolled in the company’s health care insurance plan will be reimbursed “for eligible travel expenses when accessing abortion or gender-affirming procedures” if the services are beyond 100 miles of their home, Sara Kelly, Starbucks acting executive vice president of partner resources, said in a letter Monday.
This will also apply to an employee’s dependents who are also enrolled in the company’s health care.
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“Regardless of what the Supreme Court ends up deciding, we will always ensure our partners have access to quality healthcare,” Kelly said. “And when actions impact your access to healthcare, we will work on a way to make sure you feel supported.”
After a draft opinion suggesting the Supreme Court would abolish a nationwide right to an abortion was leaked earlier this month, a handful of companies started issuing policies to help workers who could face health care restrictions in their state.
To date, 26 states “are certain or likely to ban abortion” if the Supreme Court overturns the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, according to pro-choice research group Guttmacher Institute.
Just last week, Microsoft Corp. FOX Business in a statement that it will “continue to do everything we can under the law to protect our employees’ rights and support employees and their enrolled dependents in accessing critical healthcare” regardless of where they live.
This already includes services like abortion and gender-affirming care, according to Microsoft.
“This support is being extended to include travel expense assistance for these and other medical services where access to care is limited in availability in an employee’s home geographic region,” the company continued.
Microsoft said its extending its support to “include travel expense assistance for these and other medical services where access to care is limited in availability in an employee’s home geographic region.”
Airbnb told FOX Business that its “healthcare coverage supports reproductive rights and we will work to make sure our employees have the resources they need to make choices about their reproductive rights, as we committed to last fall.”
Tesla announced that the company expanded its Safety Net program and health insurance offerings last year to include “travel and lodging support for those who may need to seek healthcare services that are unavailable in their home state.”
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In a regulatory filing, Citigroup announced that it will “provide travel benefits to facilitate access to adequate resources” due to “changes in reproductive healthcare laws in certain states in the U.S.”
Yelp also announced an expansion of its health insurance coverage to support consistent access to care across its distributed workforce.
The company’s health insurance already covered abortion care, but now the company also provides travel benefits for U.S. employees and their dependents who may need out-of-state health care services.
Meanwhile, Amazon is reimbursing employees up to $4,000 each year to cover travel for medical treatments that employees can’t receive within 100 miles of home, according to The Wall Street Journal.
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Bloomberg reported, citing sources familiar with the matter, that Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase are considering extending abortion travel benefits, but that no final decision has been made. However, a person familiar with Goldman Sachs’ thinking told FOX Business the policy is being reviewed in the context of a final decision from the Supreme Court and associated state laws.
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These companies are paying travel costs for abortions, according to reports:
- Levi Strauss & Co.
The Associated Press and FOX Business’ Breck Dumas contributed to this report.