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Access to Abortion Coverage and Health Reform

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) will make significant changes to health coverage for women, expanding their access to coverage and broadening the health benefits that many will receive. Coverage for abortion services, however, was addressed separately under health reform. As result, the extent of abortion coverage that women will receive once ACA is fully implemented in 2014 will depend largely on policies enacted at the state level as well as choices that plans and consumers will make in terms of coverage of abortion services. This brief summarizes the major insurance coverage provisions of the ACA that are relevant for women of reproductive age, reviews current federal and state policies on abortion coverage and how they may be modified under health reform, and discusses the potential impact of the federal legislation on women’s access to abortion coverage.

Issue Brief (.pdf)