Restrictions on public and private insurance coverage for abortion services, imposed by policymakers at the federal and state levels, create financial barriers that prevent many people from obtaining the care they need. The Guttmacher Institute shines a light on the financial and public health consequences of such restrictions, especially among disadvantaged groups.
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Abortion is basic health care and should be covered by insurance accordingly. However, few people buying insurance base their entire decision on whether the plan covers an individual service—particularly a service like abortion, which no woman plans to need. What women really need is the option to use their health coverage for abortion if and when they find themselves in need of such care. Unfortunately, policymakers have taken that decision out of far too many women’s hands