Will IA Medicaid Pay for the Abortion Pill?

If you’ve recently discovered you’re pregnant, you’re likely spending a lot of time weighing the options available to you and seeking answers to important questions so that you can make an informed decision. 

If you’re considering the abortion pill, you might be wondering what your financial options are! The truth is, your options depend largely on where you live — so today, we’re answering the commonly-asked question of whether or not Iowa Medicaid will pay for the abortion pill. 

Will Iowa Medicaid pay for the abortion pill? 

Iowa Medicaid is a government program that does not allow for the coverage of abortion services aside from the following exceptions: 

  • Rape
  • Incest
  • Health risk to the mother
  • Fetal impairment 

How much is the abortion pill when paid out-of-pocket? 

The abortion pill typically costs around $500 out-of-pocket and can be taken within the first 11 weeks of pregnancy. Surgical abortions will cost anywhere from $500 to several thousand dollars, depending on the stage of the pregnancy. 

What other costs should I budget for?  

In addition to the cost of the abortion pill itself, it’s important to take into account any other costs you might face.

One of the most important screenings you should plan on is an ultrasound. Getting an ultrasound ensures that the pregnancy is viable and there aren’t any immediate health concerns to you. It also provides valuable information such as the location and stage of the pregnancy, which will impact the type of abortion you might be eligible for — whether surgical or chemical. 

While abortion clinics will likely charge you extra for an ultrasound, The Pregnancy Center Clinton provides ultrasounds at no cost to you! 

You should also consider budgeting for things like…

  • Travel and accommodation if you’re having to travel for your abortion 
  • Time off work for recuperation
  • Additional medications/medical attention if necessary 
  • Surgery in the case of an incomplete abortion

Where can I find free pregnancy services in Iowa?  

The Pregnancy Center Clinton provides free pregnancy support to those in need! Whether you’re experiencing an unplanned pregnancy or are just unsure of where to find quality healthcare and other resources, we are here for you!

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Schedule an appointment for our free pregnancy services including lab-quality pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, and options counseling! 



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