Walmart has announced that it will add fertility treatments to its benefits package.
The major American distributor said in a press release on Tuesday that through its new Center of Excellence initiative, company associates and their families will have access to the services of the U.S. network of Kindbody Fertility Clinics, which include fertility assessments and education, preservation of fertility, genetic testing, in vitro fertilization and intrauterine insemination.
Walmart associates can use Kindbody’s services to access the company’s surrogacy and adoption benefits, as employees can also receive up to $20,000 in financial support for eligible maternity expenses. surrogacy and adoption.
These benefits will also include enhanced maternity and parental leave for full-time employees, allowing new moms to receive up to four months of paid maternity leave, and adoptive and foster parents will receive up to six weeks of parental leave. paid to bond with their new child, according to the press release.
“Providing access to high-quality healthcare is very important to us, and our associates have told us that improving access to fertility, surrogacy and adoption support is a priority for them and their families”, Kim Lupo, senior vice president of Global Total Rewards at Walmart, said in a statement. “Through Kindbody, Walmart associates in every corner of the country will have access to a variety of services to help them on their family planning journey.”
The announcement comes after the company last month announced plans to expand its abortion coverage for employees following the June Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, who established a constitutional right to abortion.
“We are incredibly honored to become a Walmart Center of Excellence and provide high-quality care to Walmart associates, continuing our mission to make fertility and family-building care affordable and accessible to everyone,” said said Kindbody Founder and President Gina Bartasi. statement. “Our partnership with Walmart signals that fertility benefits have joined medical, dental and vision benefits as standard workplace benefits for major employers.”