Immediately after the US Supreme Court Roe v. Wade overturned, Australian tech giant Atlassian condemned the verdict for endangering the health of pregnant people.
“Starting today,” the software company said on Twitter, its American “employees residing in states that have restricted or banned abortion will be offered reimbursement for travel and lodging for themselves and a companion if they seek care outside of their state.” .”
This approach by Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes, a minority owner of the Utah Jazz, is not the norm in Utah, notes Kim WittmanSenior vice president of people and culture at smart home company Vivint.
“Utah companies, as I’ve seen, haven’t typically been on the cutting edge when it comes to coming out,” she said during a late June event hosted by Utah Tech Leads, “and I would say Vivint is not a company you We will see how we take this lead.”
Atlassian’s announcement was strong, said Owen Fuller, CEO of business template software company Lucidpress, which has since become Marq.
“When you have companies like this that are making a very public statement, it raises even more questions among employees as to what our policy is on that,” Fuller said, “and so my plan is to talk, listen, and then we will.” see.”
Utah’s trigger law, which bans abortion in most circumstances, is suspended pending a legal challenge after Roe v. Wade, the verdict underlying abortion rights was overturned. Access now varies by state; Abortion currently remains legal in Utah up to 18 weeks of pregnancy.
Here’s a list of what some of the state’s largest employers are planning for a post-Roe Utah.
Intermountain Healthcare, which employs more than 42,000 people, does not currently plan to pay for abortion-related travel for its employees, said Holly Nelson, a company spokeswoman.
University of Utah
The University of Utah, which was the state’s largest employer in 2020, issued a statement while the trigger was briefly in effect that it could no longer perform abortions as a state-funded facility. In a typical year, it said, it performed the procedure about 30 times. “The university (including our academic healthcare system) follows federal and state law,” the statement said.
A spokesman for the university said it generally covers non-work related travel expenses. And it’s unclear if university employees are covered under Regence’s insurance plan for out-of-state procedures.
“Coverage for abortion services varies based on the laws of the states in which our members reside and the benefits of their health plan, and we are working to understand the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court decision,” said a spokesman for the health care provider.
Amazon has issued an internal statement that it will pay up to $4,000 annually for non-life-threatening medical travel expenses, including travel related to abortion, if the procedure is not available within 100 miles of an employee’s home, Reuters reported in the May. It also said it will cover up to $10,000 in travel expenses for life-threatening medical needs.
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Adobe “will always prioritize inclusive benefits … for our employees and ensure they have reliable access to medical treatment in consultation with their healthcare providers. In the United States, regardless of region, our healthcare plans provide consistent access to care and resources, including coverage for abortion services and travel or housing that may be required to obtain those services,” said an Adobe spokesperson.
Mountain America Credit Union
“For the last 15 years, our medical plan has covered abortions in cases of rape, incest or the mother’s life being at risk. The Supreme Court ruling does not affect our medical plan,” said Sharlene Wells, a spokeswoman for Bank Mountain America Credit Union. “We will continue to monitor the situation and ensure our employees have access to the resources necessary for their optimal health and safety.”
“Entrata is committed to providing all of its employees with comprehensive access to quality and affordable care, including family planning and reproductive care, regardless of where they live,” CEO Adam Edmunds said in a statement.
“We are working on a benefit for broader family planning and reproductive care purposes, but Entrata is currently offering reimbursement for family planning and reproductive care-related expenses of up to $4,000 per year. This benefit applies to employees who need access to health care and reproductive services in or outside of the state in which they reside,” Edmunds said.
Dick’s sporting goods
A spokesperson shared an internal memo with The Tribune, which said: “If the state you live in restricts access to abortions, Dick’s Sporting Goods will reimburse up to $4,000 in travel expenses to travel to the nearest location , where this supply is legally available. This benefit is granted to any teammate, spouse or dependent enrolled in our medical plan, along with a companion.”
Qualtrics, a provider of web survey software, announced that it would cover the travel expenses. “We have expanded our healthcare benefits to include up to $4,000 in annual travel expenses for covered services not available within 100 miles of home,” Qualtrics CEO Zig Serafin posted on LinkedIn. “This applies to our employees in the United States and to their spouses, partners or dependents who are enrolled in our health insurance plan.”
“We are expanding the current travel benefits coverage of our existing medical plans to include reimbursement for travel expenses for abortion services as required under applicable law,” said Beth Richek, a spokeswoman for the company. “Wells Fargo employees have access to a national network of healthcare professionals who provide medical care to meet their diverse needs, no matter what state they live in.”
“For Discover employees enrolled in BlueCross BlueShield, these medical plans provide travel assistance for employees and their covered dependents to access certain reproductive health care and gender-affirming care, including abortion services,” said Sarah Grage Silberman, a spokeswoman for Discover. “Travel support is provided for these services when access to care is not available at a member’s place of residence.”
Goldman Sachs covers travel expenses for employees traveling abroad for an abortion or gender-affirming treatment, Reuters reported.
Target will cover abortions and abortion-related travel expenses, the Wall Street Journal reported.
A SkyWest airline spokesman told The Tribune: “One of the many great things about working at SkyWest is that employees have access to domestic and international travel privileges,” but didn’t go into details about the exact costs covered.
Ride-sharing service Lyft said it will legally defend its drivers who drive customers across state lines for abortions. Lyft drivers are considered independent contractors and do not have company insurance, but for company employees who do: “Lyft’s US health insurance plan includes coverage for voluntary abortion and reimbursement of travel expenses if an employee travels more than 100 miles for a accident must return. network provider,” the company said in a statement.
Starbucks has added “a medical travel reimbursement benefit for access to an abortion” and plans to expand coverage for gender-affirming care, the company said in a statement to its employees.
Smith’s did not respond to email requests for comment, although the grocery chain’s parent company, Kroger, said employees could elect benefits that allow them to save up to $4,000 in travel expenses for abortions and other reproductive health-related travel expenses to reimburse, reported WLWT5 News.
Home Depot and Lowes have been particularly silent on the subject — they haven’t responded to inquiries from The Tribune or many other outlets. Walmart’s CEO recently announced that it was working on an abortion announcement.
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