Red Ventures to pay for employees to travel for abortion

Red Ventures in Fort Mill, S.C., said June 27 it will cover travel and lodging fees for non-life-threatening medical treatments that are unavailable within a 100-mile radius of an employee’s home address.

Red Ventures in Fort Mill, S.C., said June 27 it will cover travel and lodging fees for non-life-threatening medical treatments that are unavailable within a 100-mile radius of an employee’s home address.

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Red Ventures is the latest Charlotte-area company that will cover an employee’s travel expenses for health care treatments, including abortion, out of state.

On Monday, the 22-year-old Internet marketing and technology company based in Fort Mill, S.C., said it covers travel and lodging fees for “non-life-threatening medical treatments.”

Non-life-threatening medical treatments cover a wide variety of treatments, including abortion, company spokeswoman McKayla Hernandez said.

“We believe access to healthcare is a civil right,” Red Ventures said in a statement Monday.

On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. The ruling now gives states the power to control abortion rights. South Carolina is poised to pass restrictive abortion legislation with a State House special session likely after July 1, The State newspaper in Columbia reported. In North Carolina, abortion remains legal and could become a destination state for the procedure as restrictions are enacted in surrounding states.

Red Ventures is among other companies — Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs and Citigroup — that have said they will cover travel expenses for abortion.

Several retailers also have pledged to pay for abortion medical services and travel for employees, according to industry publication RetailDive. That list includes Levi Strauss & Co., Gap Inc., Patagonia, Apple, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Nike, Lululemon, Adidas, Victoria’s Secret, Madewell, Kenneth Cole and Pacsun.

Red Ventures’ health care benefit covers up to $2,000 in travel and lodging fees for non-life-threatening medical treatments that are unavailable within a 100-mile radius of the employee’s home address, according to the company.

Red Ventures also is expanding its “gender affirmation treatment” coverage up to $10,000 for travel and lodging expenses and covered at 100%, according to a company statement.

Employees must be enrolled in the company’s medical plan.

Red Ventures has 3,500 employees worldwide, including about 1,400 in the Charlotte area.

This story was originally published June 27, 2022 6:40 PM.

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Catherine Muccigrosso is the retail business reporter for The Charlotte Observer. An award-winning journalist, she has worked for multiple newspapers and McClatchy for more than a decade.