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Walmart expands abortion coverage for its employees in the wake of Roe v Wade decision

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Walmart on Friday told employees that it will expand abortion and travel coverage for employees, according to an internal memo. The change comes about two months after the Supreme Court struck down the right to legal access to the procedure.

Effective immediately, Walmart’s health care plans will cover abortion “when there is a health risk to the mother, rape or incest, ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage or lack of fetal viability,” according to the memo to employees, which was reviewed by CNBC.

Employees and their family members who are insurance through Walmart will also have travel costs covered, if they cannot access a legal abortion within 100 miles of their location, according to the email, which was sent by Walmart’s Chief People Officer Donna Morris.

Walmart is the nation’s largest employer with about 1.6 million employees. The company did not immediately offer comment.

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