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Companies scramble to determine what they will cover in post-Roe reality

The Walt Disney Co. said Friday it will cover employee travel expenses for abortions in light of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, the latest corporate giant to make the move as companies scramble to adapt to the new reality.

The benefit covers the cost of “family planning” travel for any worker who cannot access care where they live, Disney said, including “pregnancy-related decisions.”

The company employs 195,000 people worldwide, including approximately 80,000 in Florida.

“We recognize the impact of the decision and that we remain committed to providing full access to quality and affordable care for all of our employees, cast members and their families, including family planning and reproductive care, where they live,” Disney said. in a statement to the Washington Post.

A torrent of similar announcements was announced on Friday by companies including Netflix, Paramount, Sony and Comcast, highlighting the unusual role of US companies in protecting reproductive rights following the High Court’s ruling in Dobbs v Jackson. Women’s Health Organization.

Dick’s Sporting Goods will reimburse up to $4,000 in abortion travel costs “to the nearest place where such care is legally available” for employees, their spouses and dependents in states where the access is restricted, chief executive Lauren Hobart announced on LinkedIn on Friday.

“We recognize that people are passionate about this topic – and that there are teammates and athletes who will disagree with this decision,” Hobart said.

“However, we also recognize that decisions about health and families are deeply personal and made with careful thought. We’re making this decision so our teammates can access the same healthcare options no matter where they live and choose what’s best for them.

Ride-sharing service Lyft said on Friday its US medical benefits plan includes coverage for “elective abortion and reimbursement of travel expenses” if an employee must travel more than 100 miles for a network provider.

“Transportation should never be a barrier to access, and we will continue to uphold the privacy and choice of our drivers, passengers, and crew members across the country,” said Kristin Sverchek, president of business affairs, Lyft. , in a blog post.

Starting in July, JPMorgan Chase is expanding travel benefits for any covered service that can only be obtained more than 50 miles from an employee’s home, the company told the Post.

The policy will apply to US employees enrolled in its medical plan, as well as covered partners and dependents.

“As always, we are focused on the health and well-being of our employees and want to ensure equitable access to all benefits,” said Patricia Wexler, head of corporate communications at the investment bank.