One surprising, but awesome work perk for Starbucks employees? Health-care benefits toward IVF treatments and fertility medication.
As if facing infertility weren't emotionally devastating enough, add in the high cost of infertility drugs and treatments, and families are faced with some serious financial difficulties too. But in happy news that you probably didn't know about, Starbucks offers its employees $20,000 in benefits for IVF and related medications.
In the U.S., 10 percent of women have trouble getting pregnant, but health-care companies don't often help cover the cost. (In fact, only 15 states require that policies include infertility benefits.) The astronomical price tag associated with in vitro fertilization (IVF) or hiring a surrogate makes the struggle of trying to get pregnant all the more stressful, which, in totally unfair irony, actually doubles your risk of infertility. IVF costs an average of $12,000 to $15,000 per cycle in the U.S., according to research conducted by IVF Worldwide, as we reported in Is the Extreme Cost of IVF for Women In America Really Necessary? And that figure doesn't even factor in the cost of medication.
Many women are left deciding between baby and debt. Women are actually risking bankruptcy for a baby. And there's still no guarantee the IVF procedure will even work. But thanks to Starbucks' initiative, their employees—both part- and full-time—will be one step closer to turning their dreams of having a family into reality. Some women are even becoming baristas specifically because of these potentially life-changing IVF benefits, reports CBS. Bonus: The company is also rolling out expansions to its parental leave policy for U.S. employees in October, according to their website. Here's hoping that other brands, big and small, will catch up with Starbucks and make sure their health-care policies are in line with the times.