We make comprehensive medical, prescription, dental, and vision coverage available to all our employees. In addition, we provide short-term and long-term disability benefits.
Comcast and NBCUniversal also offer a variety of programs to help employees improve and maintain their health, including on-site health screenings and a partnership with Weight Watchers. NBCUniversal also offers employees services at on-site medical clinics and fitness centers, discounts on external fitness center memberships, a flu shot program, preventative screenings, and a lactation program for new mothers.
In 2012, we launched a smoking cessation program that offers tobacco users a variety of supportive methods to help them quit, including free nicotine-replacement therapy and telephone coaching. In 2012, more than 9,000 employees — roughly a third of our tobacco users — took advantage of this free program, which also rewards non-tobacco users by reducing their health insurance premiums.
Also beginning in 2012, transgender employees have access to enhanced health plans that cover transition-related treatment such as gender reassignment surgery, hormone therapy, and mental health counseling.
We provide paid parental leave, a variety of childcare programs, a Maternity Management Program for expectant mothers, and many other benefits to ensure our employees have the support they need to take care of their families. Our Adoption Assistance program offers financial support and other resources to employees who are adopting a child — including reimbursement of up to $10,000.
In 2012, we invested more than $216 million in 401(k) matching contributions toward our employees’ retirement security. We also enable employees to buy shares of Comcast stock at a 15% discount through our Employee Stock Purchase Plan; in 2012, employees bought more than $66 million in Comcast stock. Employees also have the option of using pre-tax funds to pay for commuting expenses and can take advantage of robust voluntary insurance benefits — including homeowner, auto, legal, and pet coverage. To support employees in continuing their education, in 2012 we provided more than $13 million in tuition reimbursement for approved undergraduate and graduate degree completion programs.
We have developed a range of programs and benefits to help our employees deal with issues related to mental and emotional health. Our Employee Assistance Program provides professional, confidential support to those who need it.
FREE AND DISCOUNTED SERVICES FOR EMPLOYEES
Our employees enjoy the unique benefit of receiving our digital cable, high-speed Internet, telephone, and other products and services either at deeply discounted rates or free of charge. In 2012, we provided more than $250 million in courtesy services to our employees.