Amazon to Reimburse Employees Who Travel for Abortions

Online retailer will pay up to $4,000 in travel expenses.

QUICK FACTS:
  • Amazon.com Inc told staff on Monday it will pay up to $4,000 in travel expenses annually for non-life threatening medical treatments including abortions, Reuters reports.
  • The second-largest U.S. private employer’s new rule goes into effect to Jan 1.
  • The benefit will apply if the abortion cannot be accommodated within 100 miles of an employee’s home and virtual care is not possible.
  • Only U.S. employees or covered dependents enrolled in Premera or Aetna health plans can take advantage of the new rule.
AMAZON’S NEW REIMBURSEMENT APPLIES TO MORE THAN JUST ABORTIONS:
  • Amazon’s announced reimbursement doesn’t only apply to abortion, but also to other non-life threatening treatments.
  • Reimbursements can apply to treatments involving cardiological issues, cellular gene therapies, and even substance-abuse disorder services.
  • Amazon offers up to $10,000 in annual travel reimbursements for life-threatening issues.
BACKGROUND:
  • Citigroup, Yelp, and others have responded similarly to Republican-backed state laws curbing abortion access.
  • The U.S. Supreme Court is set to rule by summer in a case that gives its conservative majority a chance to curb abortion access or even overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized the procedure nationwide.