Starbucks has officially shared that they will cover “eligible” travel costs for their employees and members of family to receive an abortion or gender change treatments as long as the services are not available within 100 miles of their residence.
Additionally, the employees must be enrolled in the company’s health care plan if they wish to qualify.
“In 2018, Starbucks broadened its health insurance options for transgender partners to not only include gender reassignment surgery (which had been covered since 2013), but also a host of procedures that were previously considered cosmetic, such as breast reduction or augmentation surgery, facial feminization, hair transplants and more,” the company said in a press release.
Starbucks continued by stating, “Partners enrolled in Starbucks healthcare will be offered reimbursement for eligible travel expenses when accessing abortion or gender-affirming procedures when those services are not available within 100 miles of a partner’s home. This benefit will also apply to a dependent of a partner enrolled in Starbucks medical insurance.”
In addition to this new announcement, Starbucks provides its employees and their family access to free therapy.
“Starbucks provides all U.S. partners (employees) and eligible family members access to 20 sessions a year with a mental health therapist or coach through Lyra Health, all at no cost. In addition, all partners are eligible for free access to Headspace upon hire,” the company mentioned.
Starbucks’ acting executive vice president of partner resources, Sara Kelly, shared in a letter to employees that she is “deeply concerned” about the recently leaked draft from the Supreme Court regarding Roe v. Wade, something she labelled as a “constitutional right.”
“Like many of you, I’m deeply concerned by the draft Supreme Court opinion related to the constitutional right to abortion that was first established by Roe v. Wade. I know this is weighing on many of you, so let me be clear up front – regardless of what the Supreme Court ends up deciding, we will always ensure our partners have access to quality healthcare. And when actions impact your access to healthcare, we will work on a way to make sure you feel supported,” Kelly wrote.
“Today I’m announcing that we are expanding our U.S. healthcare benefit to further protect your personal health decisions. Regardless of where you live or what you believe, partners enrolled in Starbucks healthcare will now be offered reimbursement for eligible travel expenses when accessing abortion or gender-affirming procedures when those services are not available within 100 miles of a partner’s home. This benefit will also apply to dependents of partners enrolled in Starbucks healthcare,” the letter stated.
Starbucks is not the only company to have put this into effect, as other companies which include Microsoft, Amazon, and Tesla also confirmed they will cover abortion travel for employees in states with restrictions.