Will Illinois Medicaid Pay for Abortion?

Abortion and Medicaid can both be tricky topics to navigate. From accessing the care that’s best for you to understanding if Illinois Medicaid covers an abortion and how much you’ll have to pay for your procedure, First Step Women’s Center is here to help!

Does Illinois Medicaid pay for an abortion?

In the state of Illinois, those who are covered under Medicaid, likely have access to abortion coverage under their plan — however, each clinic varies regarding whether or not Medicaid will be accepted. Illinois is one of only a handful of states that uses their revenue to pay for abortion coverage for women enrolled in Medicaid. Additionally, private insurance policies likely cover abortion if other pregnancy costs are covered.

If you are not insured or do not wish to deal with the stress that can come with making an insurance claim, there are free pregnancy services available at your local pregnancy center, including First Step Women’s Center.

How much does an abortion cost without insurance?

If you are not insured, your abortion costs will likely be around $500 for first-trimester medical or surgical abortions and anywhere up to $3,000 or more for later-term surgical abortion procedures.

What other costs should I budget for when considering if abortion is right for me?

Like most serious medical procedures, abortions can come with unexpected costs. Before you decide if abortion is right for you, take time to budget for the surprise fees that might come your way, including:

  • Necessary pre-abortion screenings like pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, and STD/STI testing
  • Follow-up appointments
  • Medications
  • Emergency medical care if needed in the case of complications related to abortion, like hemorrhaging, sepsis, and infection.
  • Missed paychecks due to time off as you recover from your abortion procedure

How do I decide if abortion is right for me?

Knowing if abortion is right for you can be a challenge. Here, at First Step Women’s Center, we believe all women, regardless of their finances or resources, should have access to testing and information about all of their options.

We prioritize women’s health by providing free lab-quality pregnancy testing, ultrasound, options counseling, and information on all of the resources available during an unplanned pregnancy.

Our center is all about empowering women with information and knowledge so that they can make the choice that’s best for them and their future!

Are you ready to learn more about your pregnancy options? Schedule your free appointment at First Step Women’s Center today!