Does Medicare cover abortion pills?

If you are wondering if Medicare covers abortion pills, you need to realize that it most likely will not. There are two exceptions: if the pregnancy is threatening the life of the patient and if the pregnancy was caused by rape or incest. Just be sure to schedule your procedure within the first 12 weeks of your pregnancy to avoid unnecessary disruptions. In some cases, your health insurance may cover getting the abortion pill at little or no cost. Read on.

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The Highlights

  • The Hyde Amendment stops federally-funded healthcare providers from offering their patients abortions, with two exceptions.
  • The abortion pill may be covered if the patient’s life is in danger from the pregnancy or if the pregnancy was the result of rape or incest.
  • You may be able to get the abortion pill low-cost or free with health insurance from Planned Parenthood.

If you’re here, you’re probably wondering “does Medicare cover abortion pills?” The answer is, under specific circumstances, Medicare may help with the cost of the abortion pill.

We’ll get more into what those circumstances are and the qualifications that apply below.

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Will Medicare help me pay for the abortion pill?

You’re probably thinking that Medicare is for those who exceed the age of 65. However, many individuals under the age of 65 qualify for it. If you’re age 65 or up, or want to learn about Medicare for someone this age, read our article Do you have to pay for Medicare when you turn 65?

Unfortunately, the two possible abortion procedures do not always qualify for Medicare coverage. 1997’s Hyde Amendment prevents any federally-funded healthcare provider from offering their patients abortion. There are, however, two exceptions.

The first exception is if the patient’s life is in danger to the point that abortion becomes necessary. The second exception is if the pregnancy was initiated via rape or incest.

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What are the available abortion procedures?

According to medicare.org, you can go about getting an abortion in one of two ways. First is the abortion pill and second is the in-clinic procedure.

These procedures can generally be obtained five to six weeks after the covered individual’s last menstrual cycle. Just be sure to schedule your procedure, whichever of the two methods you prefer, within the first 12 weeks of your pregnancy. Delaying the procedure could lead to unnecessary disruptions.

The abortion pill procedure consists of taking two pills within 48 hours of one another. The first ceases the usage of a major pregnancy hormone and the second causes the uterus to empty. All in all the ensuing abortion process will take 24 hours to complete.

Before we get into Medicare-related details in regards to these procedures, let’s look at standard Medicare rates.

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Medicare taxes for less than 30 quarters,
standard Part A rate
$458$5,496
Medicare taxes for 30-39 quarters,
standard Part A rates
$252$3,024
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Let’s move on to whether or not Medicare will assist you in paying for these aforementioned procedures.

Let’s move on to where you can get the abortion pill and how much it’ll run you.

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Where can I get the abortion pill and how much does it cost?

The safest location to obtain an abortion pill is by far a Planned Parenthood center. They specialize in not only performing these procedures but making sure they go safely and without unnecessary judgment.

Should your local Planned Parenthood health center not provide the abortion pill, they would be happy to provide information in regards to locations in your area where you can obtain it. Make sure to ask them, because they stress caution in terms of “crisis pregnancy centers” which are in actuality fake clinics specializing in scaring and shaming in order to dissuade potential patients from receiving the abortion procedure.

So, at a real clinic, how much does the abortion pill cost? You can, in many cases, get the abortion pill from a Planned Parenthood facility for a low cost or even, potentially, free with health insurance. Consult with your local Planned Parenthood health center to inquire as to whether or not health insurance in your state will assist you in paying for your procedure.

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