Wells Fargo says it will cover employee travel costs for legal abortion services

Wells Fargo, which operates the largest banking branch systems in the United States and the Philadelphia area, told its 246,000 employees on Monday that effective Friday, July 1, “we are expanding coverage for our travel benefits to include reimbursement of transport costs”. and accommodation fees for legal abortion-related services” for women covered by Wells Fargo medical plans and their dependents.

The plan will include abortion as part of “health services that you or your dependents need” that are “not available within 50 miles of your home”, for which the company will pay the cost of transportation and accommodation for the insured woman and a companion, according to the declaration sent to the personnel.

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“We are committed to providing benefits that offer a wide variety of medical plans and programs to support you and your loved ones in times that matter, and we want to make sure you have access to quality health care, when you need it and where you need it. this,” the bank statement concluded.

The new policy is “part of our commitment to supporting the health of our employees,” Wells Fargo spokeswoman Beth Richek added in an email.

JPMorgan, Chase & Co., which has more than 10,000 employees in northern Delaware and the Philadelphia area, made a similar pledge, as did Bank of America Corp., which has more than 5,000 employees in the region.

Comcast, the largest Philadelphia-based company with about 189,000 employees at the end of last year, has implemented what it calls a “travel benefit” for Comcast and NBCUniversal employees, which includes payment staff to obtain abortions and other medical procedures when these are not available near an employee’s home.

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