Abortion seems to be in the news a lot. Laws are written, debated, and changed at what feels like a break-neck speed at times. Because of this, it can be difficult to keep up. “The abortion pill” may be a term you have heard in recent times.
If you’re considering medication abortion, you probably have questions about how to pay for it. In this blog, we’ll walk you through the ins and outs of Medicaid in Illinois. And we’ll share some costs you may not have considered.
What is the abortion pill?
Before we jump into the details of Medicaid, it’s important to understand what the abortion pill is.
It typically comes in the form of two drugs. The first, mifepristone, is often prescribed and taken at the doctor’s office or abortion clinic. It stops the growth of the pregnancy by blocking progesterone from the uterus.
The second drug, misoprostol, is typically taken 24-48 hours later at home. It causes cramping and contractions so your body can expel the pregnancy.
One important thing to remember about the abortion pill is it is only FDA-approved for the first 70 days of pregnancy. After that, a surgical abortion would be needed to end a pregnancy.
Will Medicaid pay for the abortion pill?
If you are currently on Medicaid or can provide proof of application to be on Medicaid in Illinois, then yes. The abortion pill is covered under Medicaid in Illinois. However, it’s dependent upon the clinic if they accept Medicaid coverage.
Many private insurance plans may cover the cost of the abortion pill as well. If your plan covers other pregnancy costs, then your provider may be required to cover abortion as well.
What other costs should I consider?
In addition to the actual cost of the abortion pill, you should factor in these costs:
- Will you have to take time off work after your abortion?
- Will you have to travel (and stay overnight) somewhere for your abortion?
- Have you considered other potential side effects, like how you may respond emotionally afterward?
It’s important to think through and plan for those other potential costs.
What should I do before taking the pill?
First, you should confirm your pregnancy is viable and you’re eligible for an abortion. If you’re too far along or if your pregnancy is located outside the uterus, you won’t be able to take the abortion pill.
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The information provided here is general in nature. It is not a substitute for a consultation with a medical professional. Before any medical procedure, it is imperative that you discuss your personal medical history, risks, and concerns with your doctor. If you have questions during or after a procedure, your doctor should be immediately contacted. Avenue Women’s Center is not an emergency center. If you are experiencing severe symptoms, such as bleeding and/or pain, seek immediate medical attention. Contact your physician, go to an emergency room, or call 911.