Target 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 illegal, according to a company memo obtained by CNBC.

The new policy will go into effect in July, according to an email sent to employees on Monday from Target’s HR director Melissa Kremer.

“Over the years, our medical benefits have included some financial travel support when team members required certain medical procedures that were not available where they live,” Kremer said in a memo. “A few months ago, we began re-evaluating our benefits to understand what it would look like if we expanded travel reimbursement to cover any necessary and eligible assistance that is not available in the team member’s community. more relevant when we learned of the Supreme Court’s decision on abortion, given that it will affect access to healthcare in some states.”

FROM reversal of Roe v. WadeThe country was divided into states where abortion was legal and states where it was prohibited. The court decision led to a wave of announcements from companies who have committed to travel insurance for employees as part of their health insurance plans. This list covers various industries and includes JPMorgan Chase, Dick sporting goods as well as Rivian.

Some companies, for example Amazon, has already announced travel coverage for employees who need to apply for reproductive health care in other states prior to the Supreme Court ruling. The tech giant said it would pay up to $4,000 annually in travel expenses for abortions and other non-life-threatening medical procedures.

Target did not immediately respond to an inquiry about whether there would be a dollar cap travel policy. He did not say how he plans to protect the privacy of employees who are seeking travel reimbursement.

In a memo, the retailer said its medical travel reimbursement policy will include travel for mental health, heart care and other services not available near employees’ homes, in addition to reproductive care.

Kremer said Target has updated its policy to “ensure our team has equal access to high-quality, affordable health care through our medical benefits.”

In the memo, Target did not comment on the Supreme Court’s decision. Kremer praised Target employees for how they “recognize and respect the wide range of beliefs and opinions held by other team members and guests, even if those beliefs differ from their own.”

Other companies remained silent after the Supreme Court decision. walmart, the largest private employer in the US, declined to say whether or how it would allow workers to have abortions in states where abortion is illegal. Headquartered in Arkansas, State which already has a book law to cause a ban.

However, Walmart covers transportation costs for certain types of medical care, including certain heart surgeries, cancer treatments, and organ transplants, that employees receive at hospitals in other states or cities far from home.

The decision of the high court caused outrage among some employees who pushed their companies to further develop. Hundreds of Amazon employees have signed an internal petition calling on the company to denounce the Supreme Court decision, stop operations in states that ban abortion, and allow workers to move to other states if they live in a place where abortion is restricted. according to Business Insider.

John Roseweer of CNBC contributed to this article.