The goal will cover employee travel to other states for abortions
A person walks into a Target store in Washington, DC on May 18, 2022.
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Target will cover employee travel if they live in a state where abortion is banned, according to a company memo obtained by CNBC.
The new policy will go into effect in July, according to the email sent to employees Monday by Target human resources director Melissa Kremer.
“For years, our health care benefits have included financial assistance for travel, when team members needed certain health care procedures that weren’t available where they live,” said Kremer in the memo. “A few months ago, we began to re-evaluate our benefits with the goal of understanding what it would look like if we expanded travel reimbursement to include all care that is necessary and covered – but not available in the member’s community. This effort became even more relevant when we learned of the Supreme Court’s decision on abortion, as it would impact health care access in some states.
With the annulment of Roe v. Wade, the country has been divided into states where abortion is legal and states where it is prohibited. The court ruling prompted a flurry of announcements from companies that have pledged to provide travel coverage to employees on their health insurance plans. This growing list spans all industries and includes JPMorgan Chase, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Rivian.
Some companies, like Amazon, have already announced they will cover travel for employees who need reproductive health care in other states ahead of the Supreme Court’s ruling.
Others remained silent. Walmart, the largest private employer in the United States, declined to comment on whether or how it will allow employees access to abortions. Its headquarters are in Arkansas, which has a state law that triggers an abortion ban.
The decision of the high court provoked the indignation of some employees who pushed their companies to go further. Hundreds of Amazon employees have signed an internal petition, calling on the tech giant to condemn the Supreme Court’s decision, cease operations in states that ban abortion and allow workers to move to other places. other states if they live in a place with restricted procedure, according to Business Insider.
CNBC’s John Rosevear contributed to this article.
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