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Disney sent a memo to employees on Friday assuring them that it would help pay for pregnancy-related care if they had to travel to another state in lieu of a Supreme Court ruling overturn Row v. Wade and repeal 50 years of federal protection of the right to abortion.
Paul Richardson, director of human resources, and Pascal Thomas, vice president of corporate benefits and wellness, signed the memorandum, which was received by CNBC.
“Our company remains committed to removing barriers and providing comprehensive access to quality and affordable care for all of our employees, actors and their families, including family planning and reproductive care, regardless of where they live,” Richardson and Thomas. .
“In fact,” they added, “we have processes in place to allow an employee who may not have access to care in one location to have affordable coverage to receive a similar level of care in another location. This travel allowance covers medical situations related to cancer. medical treatment, transplants, rare disease care, and family planning (including decisions related to pregnancy).”
Disney CEO Bob Chapek has faced domestic backlash for not immediately condemning Florida’s controversial “Don’t Say Gay” law. This took a dramatic turn when Disney publicly said he would help repeal the law after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed it into law in late March. A failed communication attempt led to Disney head of communications Jeff Morrell leaving the company in just three months.
Disney did not issue a separate public statement about the Supreme Court’s decision.
Here’s the full note on Rowe’s ruling, obtained by CNBC:
We recognize the impact that today’s Supreme Court ruling could have on many Americans, and understand that some of you may have concerns about what this could mean for you and your families as medical and family planning decisions are deeply personal.
Please know that our company remains committed to removing barriers and providing comprehensive access to quality and affordable care for all our employees, actors and their families, including family planning and reproductive health, no matter where they live. In fact, we have processes in place to allow an employee who cannot access health care in one location to have coverage available to receive a similar level of care elsewhere. This travel allowance covers medical situations related to cancer treatment, transplants, rare disease treatments, and family planning (including decisions related to pregnancy).
Finally, we would like to remind you of the range of health insurance options you have as an eligible employee of The Walt Disney Company, as well as the options for your dependents who are covered. Because health insurance needs are unique to each of us, we encourage you to contact your health care provider if you have specific questions about coverage. You can also learn more about the company’s offerings at Benefits.Disney.com, see Contacts | Disney Benefits Portal (fidelity.com) or contact your Human Resources representative.
Disney will continue to prioritize the health, safety, and well-being of our team members and their families.
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