13 companies that are now helping their employees access abortion care

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In recent months, companies like Lyft, Bumble and Salesforce have promised employees who live in abortion-banning states access to reproductive health services.

And now, following the leak of the Supreme Court’s draft opinion which suggests the Court will revoke Roe vs. Wade — the landmark court case that made access to safe, legal abortion a constitutional right — more and more private companies in states like Texas and Oklahoma are stepping in where public service has failed.

Here are all the companies that have promised to help employees in the 31 states who already face an abortion ban or will face one in the future, and what kind of benefits they offer, from startup relief funds to cover abortion-related travel expenses.

Amazon

The second-largest private employer in the United States has told employees it will pay up to $4,000 in travel expenses a year for non-fatal medical treatment, including abortions, if legal treatment is not provided. available within 100 miles of their place of residence.

The company made the announcement on May 2, 2022, but also said the new benefit was effective January 1, 2022, retroactively.

Reimbursement is only available to employees enrolled in the company’s Premera or Aetna health plans, according to a memo obtained by Reuters.

Apple

In the aftermath of SB-8’s death in Texas, Apple CEO Tim Cook told 160,000 employees at a global staff meeting that the company’s insurance would cover any travel costs associated with abortion.

According to a recording of the meeting obtained by New York TimesApple was “investigating whether it could help in the legal fight against the new law and whether its medical insurance would help pay Apple employees in Texas if they needed to travel to other states for an abortion.”

Bumblebee

The dating app company, based in Austin, Texas, announced it was creating a fund “supporting the reproductive rights of women and people of all genders seeking abortions in Texas” just days after the adoption of SB-8 in September 2021.

“Bumble is a company founded and run by women, and from day one we have stood up for the most vulnerable. We will continue to fight against regressive laws like #SB8,” said the the company tweeted at the time.

According to Bumble, the relief funds go to organizations that support reproductive justice, like Fund Texas Choice.

Citigroup

Citi was one of the first public companies to update its employee health policy in response to growing abortion bans.

On April 26, 2022, the company outlined its new policy in a regulatory filing, stating that “in response to changes in reproductive health laws in certain states in the United States, beginning in 2022, we are offering travel benefits to facilitate access to adequate resources. ”

Levi Strauss

In a statement released on May 4, 2022, Levi Strauss Co. announced that it would reimburse travel expenses for employees who must cross state lines to access safe abortion.

“Under our current benefits plan, Levi Strauss & Co. employees are eligible for reimbursement of healthcare-related travel expenses for services not available in their home country, including those related reproductive health care and abortion.”

The jeans company also has a process for employees who are not on benefits, including part-time hourly workers, “to request reimbursement for travel expenses incurred under the same circumstances.”

Lyft and Uber

Ride-sharing apps Lyft and Uber have promised to protect passengers and drivers after the death of SB-8 in Texas. The law endangers anyone who helps with the procedure – whether it’s a doctor who performs it or a driver who takes someone to a clinic.

“Drivers are never responsible for monitoring where their passengers are going or why. Imagine being a driver and not knowing if you’re breaking the law by taking someone along,” Lyft said in a statement in September.

Uber followed Lyft’s lead, saying it would also cover the legal costs of anyone sued under the restrictive new abortion law. Both companies reiterated that this legal expense assistance is available for Oklahoma Drivers and customers after the state passed a similar ban in late April.

Matching group

Shar Dubey, CEO of Match Group, has created a fund to help Texas employees who must travel out of state to get safe abortions. The fund is run by Dubey, not Match Group, which owns dating apps Tinder, OKCupid, Hinge and PlentyOfFish.

“The company generally does not take a political position unless it is relevant to our business. But in this case, personally, as a woman in Texas, I couldn’t keep quiet,” Dubey wrote in an email to employees, obtained by Dallas Morning News.

Microsoft

On May 9, Microsoft announced that it would expand abortion and gender affirmation procedures for employees to include travel expense assistance.

A Microsoft spokesperson told Reuters that the company “will continue to do everything we can under the law to protect the rights of our employees and support employees… This support is extended to include help travel expenses for these and other medical services where access to availability of care is limited in an employee’s geographic area of ​​residence.”

Selling power

In September 2021, the CEO of Salesforce, a software company with an office in Dallas, told employees the company would help relocate anyone with “concerns about access to reproductive health care in your state.”

“Salesforce will help move you and your immediate family members,” the Slack post reads.

Starbucks

On May 16, Starbucks announced it would reimburse travel expenses for employees unable to get one safely within 100 miles of their home.

“I know this weighs on many of you, so let me be clear – whatever the Supreme Court’s final decision, we will always ensure that our partners have access to quality health care. “, said Sara Kelly, acting vice president of the company. for partner resources, wrote in a memo to Starbucks employees.

Travel reimbursement is available to Starbucks Partners enrolled in corporate health care and covers not only abortion travel, but also gender affirmation procedures.

You’re here

On May 6, Tesla released its 2021 Impact Report, in which the tech company noted that it had expanded its safety net program and health insurance packages last year to include “help with travel and accommodation for those who may need to seek health services that are not available in their home state.

Last year, the company moved its headquarters from Silicon Valley, California to Austin, Texas, the state with one of the toughest abortion bans.

Yelp

In April, Yelp announced that its health care benefits extended to employees in Texas and other states affected by “current or future actions that restrict access to covered reproductive health care,” according to New York Times.

Under the policy, employees must submit travel receipts directly to their health insurance for reimbursement “so that no one else at Yelp ever knows who is accessing them, or how, or when,” said Miriam Warren, director of the diversity of the company. the Time.

After the Roe vs. Wade leaked, the company confirmed that it had started offering healthcare travel benefits to employees starting in May 2022.

“I think it really comes down to equal access to care. In order to protect employees and ensure they can get the health care they need no matter what state they live in, we need such a benefit,” Warren told Reuters. .

There’s a broader conversation to be had around private sector funding of what should be a publicly available, government-funded resource, whether it’s filling potholes or providing access safe and fair access to all types of medical care. Still, it’s heartening to see companies standing up for their employees and making sure they have access to the health care they need.

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