Federal and state laws, as well as insurers’ coverage policies, shape the extent to which women can have coverage for abortion services under both publicly funded programs and private plans. Women who seek an abortion, but do not have coverage for the service, shoulder the out-of-pocket costs of the services.
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Kaiser Health Tracking Poll — May 2012

The May Health Tracking Poll focuses on the public’s perceptions and reactions to women’s reproductive health reemerging as a heated issue in policy debates and news and its potential impact on the upcoming presidential election. Three in ten women (31 percent) overall believe that there is currently a “wide-scale effort…

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Statutory Requirements & Policies Governing U.S. Global Family Planning and Reproductive Health Efforts

This issue brief provides a summary of the major policies and statutory requirements governing U.S. participation in international family planning and reproductive health efforts. These laws and policies collectively direct how funds are spent, which organizations receive funds and generally shape U.S. family planning and reproductive health activities around the world.

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Analysis: Insurance Riders to Cover Abortion Services Not Available to Women in States That Restrict Abortion Coverage

In 10 states, insurance plans are currently banned from including abortion as a covered service in state-regulated private plans — all individually purchased policies and fully-insured group plans. Most of these laws do not include exceptions for rape, incest, or health endangerment. In nine of these states, insurers may sell…

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Abortion Coverage in the Premium Relief Act of 2017 (HR 4666)

This issue brief reviews current federal and state policies on private insurance coverage of abortion services, and how the Premium Relief Act of 2017 would affect abortion coverage for women enrolled in the individual market and some small group plans.

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Proposed Changes to Title X: Implications for Women and Family Planning Providers

The Trump Administration has taken numerous steps to significantly alter the Title X program, the federal grant program that supports family planning services to low-income women. This brief provides an overview of the Title X program, discusses the new 2018 funding announcement and related litigation, and reviews the Trump Administration’s proposed regulations and the implications of these changes.

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Health Affairs Blog: The Myth Of The Abortion Insurance Rider

In a Health Affairs blog post, Laurie Sobel, Caroline Rosenzweig and Alina Salganicoff of the Kaiser Family Foundation discuss the feasibility of abortion riders to private group and individual health plans as a means of providing access to abortion coverage when states ban the coverage as part of an insurance plan.…

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Survey: OBGYNs Report That the Affordable Care Act Has Increased Use of Contraceptives Among Patients, but the Cost of Reproductive Health Care Still a Burden for Their Low-Income Patients

This report highlights key findings from the 2020 KFF National Physician Survey on Reproductive Health that asked a nationally representative sample of OBGYNs practicing in the United States about a wide range of issues, including their provision of contraception, abortion, and STI care.

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Percent of Title X Clinics that are Planned Parenthood Clinics and/or Provide Abortions

This map presents the share of Title X clinics that are Planned Parenthood clinics and/or provide abortions (as of 05/2019) and would no longer qualify for funding unless they separate from Planned Parenthood Federation of America or physically separate their abortion services from their family planning care.

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Use of Telemedicine for Sexual and Reproductive Health is Low – Despite Potential to Improve Access to Care

New KFF analysis outlines the growing use of telemedicine for contraception, abortion and STI care, including a discussion of insurance coverage of telemedicine services, the financial implications for providers and patients, and its potential to improve access to reproductive health care across the United States. 

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Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Services: Key Findings from the 2020 KFF Women’s Health Survey

This brief presents new data from the KFF Women’s Health Survey on coverage and use of reproductive and sexual health services among different subgroups of women ages 18 to 49.

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