Women’s Health

Does Medicaid cover abortions?

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It depends on where you live.  Because federal law only allows the use of federal funds for abortion in cases of rape, incest, or life endangerment of the pregnant person, in most states, Medicaid coverage for abortion is limited to these circumstances.  Many of these states have banned abortion and it may be difficult to locate a provider to obtain an abortion even in cases of rape and incest.  However, 16 states do go beyond this limit and use state funds to cover other abortions for people enrolled in Medicaid.

While we have made every effort to provide accurate information in these FAQs, people should contact the health insurance Marketplace or Medicaid agency in their state for guidance on their specific circumstances.

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