In a country with no universal healthcare system, finding a job in the USA with health benefits can be a plus. Finding one with a health cover that includes IVF is practically impossible. Now an unlikely company is changing that.
Currently in the United States one in eight couples have trouble getting pregnant.
In the United State, IVF costs $20,000 per cycle, with most couples going through two or three rounds before getting pregnant.
It’s an expense that means for families living with no or scant insurance, having a baby is an impossible dream.
That’s all about to change for employees of one of the world’s largest coffee shop chains.
Starbucks recently announced it will be offering IVF coverage as part of their employees’ health insurance – even for part-time baristas.
According to USA news services, some women are now applying for jobs at Starbucks, in hopes that becoming a barista will get them a baby.
Starbucks covers $20,000 for IVF and related medication for all eligible employees, including part-time baristas who make, on average, about $10,000 per year.
It’s proving a popular move, and one that has created an unexpected community of support. Women who have drawn on the health cover for their IVF treatmen even got a Facebook group: Starbucks IVF Mommas.