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Disney sent an internal memo to employees on Friday, assuring them that it would help pay for pregnancy-related care if they had to travel to another state instead of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Paul Richardson, director of human resources, and Pascale Thomas, vice president of benefits and corporate wellness, signed the memo, which CNBC obtained.
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“Our company remains committed to breaking down barriers and providing full access to quality, affordable care for all of our employees, cast members, and their families, including family planning and reproductive care, wherever they go. live,” Richardson and Thomas said in the memo. .
“In fact,” they added, “we have processes in place so that an employee who may not be able to access care at one location is provided with affordable coverage to receive levels of similar care in another location. This travel allowance covers cancer-related medical situations, treatments, transplants, treatment of rare diseases and family planning (including pregnancy-related decisions).”
Disney CEO Bob Chapek has faced internal backlash for not immediately condemning Florida’s controversial “Don’t Say Gay” legislation. That led to an about-face, in which Disney publicly confessed to helping repeal the law after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a Republican, signed it into law in late March. The failed attempt at communications led Disney communications manager Geoff Morrell to leave the company after just three months.
Disney has not made a separate public statement about the Supreme Court’s decision.
Here’s the full memo on the Roe decision, obtained by CNBC:
We recognize the impact today’s Supreme Court ruling could have on many Americans and understand that some of you may have concerns about what this could mean for you and your families, as the Medical and family planning decisions are deeply personal.
Please know that our company remains committed to removing barriers and providing full access to quality, affordable care for all of our employees, cast members, and their families, including family planning and reproductive care, wherever they live. In fact, we have processes in place so that an employee who may not be able to access care at one location is affordably covered to receive similar levels of care at another location. This travel allowance covers medical situations related to cancer treatments, transplants, treatment of rare diseases and family planning (including pregnancy-related decisions).
Finally, we would like to remind you of the range of medical coverage options available to you as an eligible employee of The Walt Disney Company, as well as the options for your covered dependents. Because medical coverage needs are unique to each of us, we encourage you to contact your medical insurer if you have specific questions about your coverage. You can also learn more about company benefit offerings at Benefits.Disney.com, see Contacts | Disney Benefits Portal (fidelity.com) or contact your HR representative.
Disney will continue to prioritize the health, safety and well-being of our team members and their families.
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