Walmart, largest U.S. private employer, expands abortion coverage for staff

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Walmart is expanding its employee health-care plans to cover more situations in which its staff might seek an abortion, making the nation’s largest private employer the latest firm to offer enhanced access to reproductive health services after Roe v. Wade was overturned.

Arkansas-headquartered Walmart, which has 1.6 million employees in the United States, said it would cover abortions “when there is a health risk to the mother, rape or incest.” It will also pay for the procedure in the event of miscarriage, a lack of fetal viability or an ectopic pregnancy, when a fetus implants outside the uterus. The company will provide “travel support” for employees and dependents if they require access to a health service covered by Walmart’s insurance plan but there is no viable provider within 100 miles of their location.

Walmart’s top human resources officer said in an internal memo that the new benefits are effective immediately.

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This article was written by Andrew Jeong and originally published on www.washingtonpost.com