The State of the States: Restrictions on Insurance Coverage in 2013

THE STATE OF THE STATES

Restrictions on Insurance Coverage in 2013

How States Restricted Insurance Coverage for Abortion in 2013

Multiple state and federal laws currently impose a variety of unfair limitations on insurance coverage. Since 1977, the federal government and a majority of states have banned insurance coverage for abortion care for women who qualify for public health insurance like Medicaid. Since 2010, when health care reform explicitly opened the door for states to restrict insurance coverage for abortion in health plans sold on a state’s health insurance exchange, many states have moved to pass such laws. The renewed focus on how abortions are paid for and whether they are covered by insurance has energized advocates seeking to protect and expand coverage for abortion no matter what type of insurance a woman has. Unfortunately, it has also energized those who oppose abortion and are seeking to cement and expand bans on coverage of abortion care.

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Effects of Restrictions on Insurance Coverage for Abortion

Restrictions on public insurance coverage of abortion force some women to continue unwanted pregnancies, cause other women to delay abortion care at potentially increased risk to their health, and impose additional financial strains on low-income and indigent women. Women eligible for Medicaid who cannot get insurance coverage for abortion report forgoing basic necessities, borrowing money, or selling or pawning personal belongings in order to pay for an abortion. Women unable to make up for the lack of insurance coverage for the procedure are often forced to carry their unwanted pregnancy to term. Research shows that these impacts of restrictions on public insurance coverage for abortion may also apply to women with private insurance, who cannot or do not use that insurance for abortion care.

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Draw The Line

The Center for Reproductive Rights is proud to be a partner of All* Above All, which unites organizations and individuals to build support for lifting the bans that deny abortion coverage. Our vision is to restore public insurance coverage so that every woman, however much she makes, can get affordable, safe abortion care when she needs it. Learn more and take action.

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