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Amazon agree to reimburse US employees who travel for abortions, other treatments


Amazon Inc. will now be reimbursing its US staff if they have to travel for non-life-threatening medical treatments, including abortions. The company in a message to its employees said that it will be pay up to $4,000 (£3,201) for such travel expenses annually.

This decision comes in the backdrop of restrictions being imposed on the abortion procedure in several states in the country. The policy announced by Amazon will be effective retroactively from January 1, 2022. These benefits will be applicable to treatments that are not available within a 100-mile (161km) radius of an employee’s house and for which virtual options are not available either.

Bariatric care, oncology, congenital anomalies from within 24 months of birth, mental health treatments and in-patient substance abuse disorder services are also included in the benefits, according to a report in the BBC. In addition to the above-mentioned benefits, Amazon also offers up to $10,000 in annual travel reimbursements for life-threatening issues.