Bans on Insurance Coverage of Abortion

Most Americans with employer-based heath insurance currently have coverage for abortion care. Unfortunately, politicians across the country have been busy trying to take away this coverage. The map below illustrates abortion insurance bans throughout the country. Read more below.

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  • Alaska

    • Alaska

      Federal employees cannot get a
      plan that covers abortion.

      You cannot get a comprehensive plan that covers abortion if:

      • you work for the federal government, like a postal worker, a member of the military, or an employee of a federal agency.

  • Alabama

    • Alabama

      Federal and state employees, those on Medicaid,
      and those that get their plan in the new
      exchanges cannot get a plan that covers abortion.

      You cannot get a comprehensive plan that covers abortion if:

      • your health insurance comes from the new health care exchanges that are available in 2014;
      • you get your insurance through Medicaid;
      • you work for the federal government, like an employee of a state university, a postal worker, a member of the military, or an employee of a federal agency.

  • Arkansas

    • Arkansas

      Federal and state employees, those on Medicaid,
      and those that get their plan in the new
      exchanges cannot get a plan that covers abortion.

      You cannot get a comprehensive plan that covers abortion if:

      • your health insurance comes from the new health care exchanges that are available in 2014;
      • you get your insurance through Medicaid;
      • you work for the federal government, like an employee of a state university, a postal worker, a member of the military, or an employee of a federal agency.

  • Arizona

    • Arizona

      Federal and state employees and those that get their plan in the new exchanges cannot get a plan that covers abortion.

      You cannot get a comprehensive plan that covers abortion if:

      • your health insurance comes from the new health care exchanges that are available in 2014;
      • you get your insurance through Medicaid;
      • you work for the federal government, like an employee of a state university, a postal worker, a member of the military, or an employee of a federal agency.

  • California

    • California

      Federal employees cannot get a plan that covers abortion.

      You cannot get a comprehensive plan that covers abortion if:

      • you work for the federal government, like a postal worker, a member of the military, or an employee of a federal agency.

  • Colorado

    • Colorado

      Federal and state employees and those on
      Medicaid cannot get a plan that covers abortion.

      You cannot get a comprehensive plan that covers abortion if:

      • you get your insurance through Medicaid;
      • you work for the federal government, like a postal worker, a member of the military, or an employee of a federal agency, or you work for the state government.

  • Connecticut

    • Connecticut

      Federal employees cannot get a plan that covers abortion.

      You cannot get a comprehensive plan that covers abortion if:

      • you work for the federal government, like a postal worker, a member of the military, or an employee of a federal agency.

  • District of Columbia

    • District of Columbia

      Federal employees and those on Medicaid cannot get a plan that covers abortion.”

      You cannot get a comprehensive plan that covers abortion if:

      • you get your insurance through Medicaid;
      • you work for the federal government, like a postal worker, a member of the military, or an employee of a federal agency.

  • Delaware

    • Delaware

      Federal employees and those on Medicaid cannot get a plan that covers abortion.

      You cannot get a comprehensive plan that covers abortion if:

      • you get your insurance through Medicaid;
      • you work for the federal government, like a postal worker, a member of the military, or an employee of a federal agency.

  • Florida

    • Florida

      Federal employees, those on Medicaid, and those that get their plan in the
      new exchanges cannot get a plan that covers abortion.

      You cannot get a comprehensive plan that covers abortion if:

      • your health insurance comes from the new health care exchanges that are available in 2014;
      • you get your insurance through Medicaid;
      • you work for the federal government, like a postal worker, a member of the military, or an employee of a federal agency.

  • Georgia

    • Georgia

      Federal employees and those on Medicaid cannot get a plan that covers abortion.

      You cannot get a comprehensive plan that covers abortion if:

      • you get your insurance through Medicaid;
      • you work for the federal government, like a postal worker, a member of the military, or an employee of a federal agency.

  • Hawaii

    • Hawaii

      Federal employees cannot get a
      plan that covers abortion.

      You cannot get a comprehensive plan that covers abortion if:

      • you work for the federal government, like a postal worker, a member of the military, or an employee of a federal agency.

  • Iowa

    • Iowa

      Federal employees and those on Medicaid
      cannot get a plan that covers abortion.

      You cannot get a comprehensive plan that covers abortion if:

      • you get your insurance through Medicaid;
      • you work for the federal government, like a postal worker, a member of the military, or an employee of a federal agency.

  • Idaho

    • Idaho

      No one can get a plan that covers abortion.

      You cannot get a comprehensive plan that covers abortion.

  • Illinois

    • Illinois

      Federal and state employees cannot get a comprehensive plan that covers abortion.

      You cannot get a comprehensive plan that covers abortion if:

      • you work for the federal government, like a postal worker, a member of the military, or an employee of a federal agency, or you work for the state government.

  • Indiana

    • Indiana

      No one can get a plan that covers abortion.

      You cannot get a comprehensive plan that covers abortion.

  • Kansas

    • Kansas

      No one can get a plan that covers abortion.

      You cannot get a comprehensive plan that covers abortion.

  • Kentucky

    • Kentucky

      No one can get a plan that covers abortion.

      You cannot get a comprehensive plan that covers abortion.

  • Louisiana

    • Louisiana

      Federal employees, those on Medicaid, and those that get their plan in the
      new exchanges cannot get a plan that covers abortion.

      You cannot get a comprehensive plan that covers abortion if:

      • your health insurance comes from the new health care exchanges that are available in 2014;
      • you get your insurance through Medicaid;
      • you work for the federal government, like a postal worker, a member of the military, or an employee of a federal agency.

  • Massachusetts

    • Massachusetts

      Federal employees cannot get a plan that covers abortion.

      You cannot get a comprehensive plan that covers abortion if:

      • you work for the federal government, like a postal worker, a member of the military, or an employee of a federal agency.

  • Maryland

    • Maryland

      Federal employees cannot get a plan that covers abortion.

      You cannot get a comprehensive plan that covers abortion if:

      • you work for the federal government, like a postal worker, a member of the military, or an employee of a federal agency.

  • Maine

    • Maine

      Federal employees and those on Medicaid cannot get a plan that covers abortion.

      You cannot get a comprehensive plan that covers abortion if:

      • you get your insurance through Medicaid;
      • you work for the federal government, like a postal worker, a member of the military, or an employee of a federal agency.

  • Michigan

    • Michigan

      No one can get a plan that covers abortion.

      You cannot get a comprehensive plan that covers abortion

  • Minnesota

    • Minnesota

      Federal employees cannot get a plan that covers abortion.

      You cannot get a comprehensive plan that covers abortion if:

      • you work for the federal government, like a postal worker, a member of the military, or an employee of a federal agency.

  • Missouri

    • Missouri

      No one can get a plan that covers abortion.

      You cannot get a comprehensive plan that covers abortion.

  • Mississippi

    • Mississippi

      Federal and state employees, those on Medicaid,
      and those that get their plan in the new
      exchanges cannot get a plan that covers abortion.

      You cannot get a comprehensive plan that covers abortion if:

      • your health insurance comes from the new health care exchanges that are available in 2014;
      • you get your insurance through Medicaid;
      • you work for the state or federal government, like an employee of a state university, a postal worker, a member of the military, or an employee of a federal agency.

  • Montana

    • Montana

      Federal employees cannot get a plan that covers abortion.

      You cannot get a comprehensive plan that covers abortion if:

      • you work for the federal government, like a postal worker, a member of the military, or an employee of a federal agency.

  • North Carolina

    • North Carolina

      Federal employees, those on Medicaid, and those that get their plan in the
      new exchanges cannot get a plan that covers abortion.

      You cannot get a comprehensive plan that covers abortion if:

      • your health insurance comes from the new health care exchanges that are available in 2014;
      • you get your insurance through Medicaid;
      • you work for the state or federal government, like an employee of a state university, a postal worker, a member of the military, or an employee of a federal agency.

  • North Dakota

    • North Dakota

      No one can get a plan that covers abortion.

      You cannot get a comprehensive plan that covers abortion.

  • Nebraska

    • Nebraska

      No one can get a plan that covers abortion.

      You cannot get a comprehensive plan that covers abortion.

  • New Hampshire

    • New Hampshire

      Federal employees and those on Medicaid cannot get a plan that covers abortion.

      You cannot get a comprehensive plan that covers abortion if:

      • you get your insurance through Medicaid;
      • you work for the federal government, like a postal worker, a member of the military, or an employee of a federal agency.

  • New Jersey

    • New Jersey

      Federal employees cannot get a plan that covers abortion.

      You cannot get a comprehensive plan that covers abortion if:

      • you work for the federal government, like a postal worker, a member of the military, or an employee of a federal agency.

  • New Mexico

    • New Mexico

      Federal employees cannot get a plan that covers abortion.

      You cannot get a comprehensive plan that covers abortion if:

      • you work for the federal government, like a postal worker, a member of the military, or an employee of a federal agency.

  • Nevada

    • Nevada

      Federal employees and those on Medicaid cannot get a plan that covers abortion.

      You cannot get a comprehensive plan that covers abortion if:

      • you get your insurance through Medicaid;
      • you work for the federal government, like a postal worker, a member of the military, or an employee of a federal agency.

  • New York

    • New York

      Federal employees cannot get a plan that covers abortion.

      You cannot get a comprehensive plan that covers abortion if:

      • you work for the federal government, like a postal worker, a member of the military, or an employee of a federal agency.

  • Ohio

    • Ohio

      Federal employees, those on Medicaid, and those that get their plan in the
      new exchanges cannot get a plan that covers abortion.

      You cannot get a comprehensive plan that covers abortion if:

      • your health insurance comes from the new health care exchanges that are available in 2014;
      • you get your insurance through Medicaid;
      • you work for the federal government, like an employee of a state university, a postal worker, a member of the military, or an employee of a federal agency.

  • Oklahoma

    • Oklahoma

      No one can get a plan that covers abortion.

      You cannot get a comprehensive plan that covers abortion.

  • Oregon

    • Oregon

      Federal employees cannot get a plan that covers abortion.

      You cannot get a comprehensive plan that covers abortion if:

      • you work for the federal government, like a postal worker, a member of the military, or an employee of a federal agency.

  • Pennsylvania

    • Pennsylvania

      Federal and state employees, those on Medicaid, and those that get their plan in the
      new exchanges cannot get a plan that covers abortion.

      You cannot get a comprehensive plan that covers abortion if:

      • your health insurance comes from the new health care exchanges that are available in 2014
      • you get your insurance through Medicaid;
      • you work for the federal government, like a postal worker, a member of the military, or an employee of a federal agency, or you work for the state government.

  • Rhode Island

    • Rhode Island

      Federal and state employees and those on Medicaid cannot get a plan that covers abortion.

      You cannot get a comprehensive plan that covers abortion if:

      • you get your insurance through Medicaid;
      • you work for the federal government, like a postal worker, a member of the military, or an employee of a federal agency, or you work for the state government.

  • South Carolina

    • South Carolina

      Federal and state employees, those on Medicaid, and those that get their plan in the
      new exchanges cannot get a plan that covers abortion.

      You cannot get a comprehensive plan that covers abortion if:

      • your health insurance comes from the new health care exchanges that are available in 2014;
      • you get your insurance through Medicaid;
      • you work for the federal government, like an employee of a state university, a postal worker, a member of the military, or an employee of a federal agency.

  • South Dakota

    • South Dakota

      Federal employees, those on Medicaid, and those that get their plan in the
      new exchanges cannot get a plan that covers abortion.

      You cannot get a comprehensive plan that covers abortion if:

      • your health insurance comes from the new health care exchanges that are available in 2014;
      • you get your insurance through Medicaid;
      • you work for the federal government, like a postal worker, a member of the military, or an employee of a federal agency.

  • Tennessee

    • Tennessee

      Federal employees, those on Medicaid, and those that get their plan in the
      new exchanges cannot get a plan that covers abortion.

      You cannot get a comprehensive plan that covers abortion if:

      • your health insurance comes from the new health care exchanges that are available in 2014;
      • you get your insurance through Medicaid;
      • you work for the federal government, like a postal worker, a member of the military, or an employee of a federal agency.

  • Texas

    • Texas

      Federal employees and those on Medicaid
      cannot get a plan that covers abortion.

      You cannot get a comprehensive plan that covers abortion if:

      • you get your insurance through Medicaid;
      • you work for the federal government, like a postal worker, a member of the military, or an employee of a federal agency.

  • Utah

    • Utah

      No one can get a plan that covers abortion.

      You cannot get a comprehensive plan that covers abortion.

  • Virginia

    • Virginia

      Federal and state employees, those on Medicaid, and those that get their plan in the
      new exchanges cannot get a plan that covers abortion.

      You cannot get a comprehensive plan that covers abortion if:

      • your health insurance comes from the new health care exchanges that are available in 2014;
      • you get your insurance through Medicaid;
      • you work for the state or federal government, like an employee of a state university, a postal worker, a member of the military, or an employee of a federal agency.

  • Vermont

    • Vermont

      Federal employees cannot get a plan that covers abortion.

      You cannot get a comprehensive plan that covers abortion if:

      • you work for the federal government, like a postal worker, a member of the military, or an employee of a federal agency.

  • Washington

    • Washington

      Federal employees cannot get a plan that covers abortion.

      You cannot get a comprehensive plan that covers abortion if:

      • you work for the federal government, like a postal worker, a member of the military, or an employee of a federal agency.

  • Wisconsin

    • Wisconsin

      Federal employees, those on Medicaid, and those that get their plan in the
      new exchanges cannot get a plan that covers abortion.

      You cannot get a comprehensive plan that covers abortion if:

      • your health insurance comes from the new health care exchanges that are available in 2014;
      • you get your insurance through Medicaid;
      • you work for the federal government, like a postal worker, a member of the military, or an employee of a federal agency.

  • West Virginia

    • West Virginia

      Federal employees cannot get a plan that covers abortion.

      You cannot get a comprehensive plan that covers abortion if:

      • you work for the federal government, like a postal worker, a member of the military, or an employee of a federal agency.

  • Wyoming

    • Wyoming

      Federal employees and those on Medicaid cannot get a plan that covers abortion.

      You cannot get a comprehensive plan that covers abortion if:

      • you get your insurance through Medicaid;
      • you work for the federal government, like a postal worker, a member of the military, or an employee of a federal agency.

*Limited exceptions may apply, including for abortion of a pregnancy that is the result of rape or incest, or when an abortion is necessary to save a woman’s life. Separate riders to cover abortion may be available for purchase.

 

As a result of federal health care reform, states are establishing new insurance exchanges where individuals and small businesses are able to buy health insurance. In several states, lawmakers are singling out abortion and prohibiting insurance companies from including abortion coverage in their policies. The trend is fast-moving and startling: since federal health care reform passed in 2010, 5 states passed bans on abortion coverage and another 22 banned coverage in their exchanges.

While alarming, this trend represents a renewed effort to deny women insurance coverage for abortion care. Several states already prevent insurance companies from offering abortion coverage. And for years, laws have severely curtailed coverage for people insured through state or federal programs, including low-income women, public employees, military families, Peace Corps volunteers, and Native Americans.

 

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