Amazon To Cover Costs For Employee Healthcare, Abortions

Amazon will cover up to $4,000 in expenses for employees who travel for treatment for non-life-threatening situations, including abortion.

The news was announced by the company Monday, just a few hours before the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion.

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It was first reported by Reuters and then confirmed by FOX Business, while other firms like Apple, Citigroup, and Levi’s have also promised to cover travel for abortions.

The “new reimbursement is available to the company’s U.S. corporate and warehouse employees or covered dependents enrolled in Premera or Aetna health plans,” reported Fox.

The policy applies when an operation is not available within 100 miles of an employee’s home and virtual care is not accessible.

Fox also reported that the policy covers “treatments related to cardiology, cellular gene therapies, oncology and substance abuse disorder services”.

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Uber and Lyft pledged to cover legal fees for drivers sued under the Texas law that limits access to abortions.

An Amazon spokesperson told The New York Post that “Amazon has expanded the travel and lodging benefit to cover travel for a number of non-life-threatening conditions if a provider is not available within 100 miles of an employee’s home”.

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“This is not specific to any one treatment or condition, and the list is much longer than [abortion and transgender care],” they said.

The change is expected to take take effect on Jan. 1.


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