ARLINGTON, Va., Aug. 11, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The number of U.S. employers offering travel benefits for abortion services is expected to double in the next few years following the Supreme Court ruling Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision, according to a new survey by WTW (NASDAQ: WTW), a leading global consulting, brokerage and solutions company.
The survey of 305 US employers found that more than a third of respondents (35%) now provide travel and accommodation benefits for elective and medically necessary abortions. 16% of employers plan to offer abortion travel benefits in 2023, while 21% plan to do so.
The survey also revealed that nearly half (44%) of employers offer or plan to offer travel benefits for abortion services or any other medical procedure (e.g., transplant, bariatric and musculoskeletal surgery). skeletal, gender affirmation, fertility services) due to the court ruling. reinforced these advantages. Another 46% plan or plan to improve these benefits next year or in the future. Additionally, 86% of employers align their travel and accommodation benefits for abortion services with travel and accommodation benefits for other procedures.
Most plans place limits on abortion travel benefits, with annual caps being the most common approach. Among companies that offer or plan to offer travel benefits for abortion services, 43% have an annual limit and 22% plan to impose a limit in the future. Of the companies that offer or plan to offer travel benefits for abortions, 28% have a lifetime limit and 20% have a per-event limit. Nearly two-thirds of employers (64%) will limit spending to non-IRS taxable amounts.
“As a new landscape of state laws emerges, many employers are determining whether and how to support employees who request abortion services,” said Regina Ihrke, senior director, health, equity and wellness, WTW. “As always, their primary goal is to meet the needs of their benefit plan enrollees, regardless of their state of residence.”
The vast majority of employers with fully self-insured health plans cover abortion procedures. Among employers with fully insured plans, 93% of companies plan to offer coverage for elective abortions by 2023 in states where abortion is legal. Among employers who self-insure their benefit plans, 82% plan to offer coverage for voluntary abortions by 2023 in states where abortions are legal.
“The Dobbs This decision raises questions for employers for which there are no immediate answers given ongoing changes in state laws,” said Courtney Stubblefield, Senior Director, Health and Benefits, WTW. “Employers will need to stay abreast of developments in order to align benefits programs with organizational goals and best meet employee benefits needs.”
About the survey
A total of 305 U.S. employers participated in the Post Dobbs Decision Survey 2022, which was conducted in August 2022. Respondents employ 4 million workers. More than half of respondents (55%) have only self-insured health insurance plans, while 9% have only fully insured health insurance plans. The other respondents have both plans.
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