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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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According to a company memo obtained by CNBC, Target will cover employee travel if they live in a state where abortion is illegal.

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 started re-evaluating our benefits to see what it would look like if we expanded travel reimbursement to cover any assistance needed and covered but not available in the team member’s community. This effort has even become more urgent as we learned of the Supreme Court’s decision on abortion, given that it will affect access to healthcare in some states.”

With the cancellation of Roe v. Wade, the country was divided into states where abortion was legal and states where it was illegal. The court’s decision sparked a wave of claims from companies that have taken on employee travel insurance obligations as part of their health insurance plans. This growing list includes JPMorgan Chase, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Rivian.

Some companies, such as Amazon, have already announced they will pay for travel for employees who need to seek out-of-state reproductive assistance until the Supreme Court decides.

Others were silent. Walmart, the largest private employer in the US, declined to comment on whether it would allow employees access to abortions, and if so, how. It is headquartered in Arkansas, where a state law prohibits abortion.

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 tech giant 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 the procedure is restricted. Business insider.

John Roseweer of CNBC contributed to this article.

This story is evolving. Please stay tuned for updates.

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