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Will MN Medicaid Pay for My Abortion Pill?

Deciding if the abortion pill is right for you can be a difficult decision. There’s a lot to consider when making this important choice — From knowing where to access the medication, understanding the associated costs, and deciding if it’s safe for you.

Today, we’re answering some of the most commonly asked questions about the abortion pill process:

What is the Abortion Pill?

The abortion pill is a two-pill process used to terminate a pregnancy. Also called a medical abortion, the abortion pill uses two medications, Mifepristone and Misoprostol.

Mifepristone is administered first. Pregnancy needs a hormone called progesterone to continue developing. Mifepristone blocks your body’s production of progesterone which prevents the pregnancy from growing.  Without progesterone, the pregnancy will not have the nutrients and support it needs to survive. Once the pregnancy has ended, Misoprostol is taken to cause contractions and force the pregnancy from the body.

When Can the Abortion Pill be Taken?

In Minnesota, the pill can be taken up to 11 weeks after the patient’s last menstrual period.

To confirm the age of your pregnancy, we recommend scheduling an appointment for a free ultrasound scan today!

How Much Does the Abortion Pill Cost in Minnesota?

The cost of the abortion pill can range from $500 to $900, depending on factors of your unique pregnancy conditions. In addition to the cost of the medication, you may face other costs related to the abortion process, such as:

  • Necessary pre-abortion care, such as pregnancy testing, ultrasound scans, STI testing, and more. 
  • Follow-up appointments
  • Additional medication 
  • Emergency care or surgery in the case of complications 
  • Travel and accommodation costs if necessary for abortion access
  • Post-abortive counseling1

Will Minnesota Medicaid Pay for My Abortion?

According to the laws of the state of Minnesota, MinnesotaCare can only provide coverage for abortions under the following circumstances: 

  • If the pregnancy will result in impairment or endangerment of the women’s health or life (Minn. Stat. § 256L.03, subd. 1)
  • If the pregnancy was a result of rape or incest. (Minn. Stat. § 256L.03, subd. 1)
  • Therapeutic reasons (see Minn. Stat. § 256B.0625, subd. 16)

If you are insured under a private insurance plan, refer to your plan’s specific coverage details.

How Do I Know if the Abortion Pill is Right for Me?

In order to determine if the abortion pill is the right choice for your pregnancy, we recommend taking the time you need to gather information on your pregnancy by utilizing the resources available to you.

Options for Women is here to help empower you with information and knowledge. We provide no-cost pregnancy testing, ultrasound scans, and options consultations to help you make the choice that’s right for you!  

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Source

  1. Reardon DC. The abortion and mental health controversy: A comprehensive literature review of common ground agreements, disagreements, actionable recommendations, and research opportunities. SAGE open medicine. 2018;6: 1–38. 10.1177/2050312118807624 . [PMC free article] [PubMed] [CrossRef] [Google Scholar]

 

Will MN Medicaid Pay for My Abortion?

Did you know that 25 percent of women who have had an abortion did so because they felt as though they wouldn’t be able to provide adequately for their child? Here at Options for Women, we believe women should have access to the resources they need to make an empowered choice for their pregnancies. 

If you’re considering abortion but are unsure of the costs you might face, we’re here to answer your questions regarding abortion and finances in the state of Minnesota.

Will Minnesota Medicaid Pay for My Abortion? 

MinnesotaCare, Minnesota’s Medicaid program, will only cover abortions if they are necessary under the following circumstances: 

  • If the pregnancy will result in impairment or endangerment of the women’s health or life (Minn. Stat. § 256L.03, subd. 1)
  • If the pregnancy was a result of rape or incest. (Minn. Stat. § 256L.03, subd. 1)
  • Therapeutic reasons (see Minn. Stat. § 256B.0625, subd. 16)

Those who are insured under private insurance and are seeking insurance coverage for their abortions should refer to their specific plan’s coverage details.

How Much Does Abortion Cost in Minnesota?

If you are not eligible for Insurance or Medicaid coverage to pay for an abortion, you will need to pay for the procedure out-of-pocket. The out-of-pocket cost of an abortion will depend on your unique pregnancy and health conditions, including the gestational age of your pregnancy.

Women who are in the first 11 weeks of pregnancy will be eligible for a medical (or chemical) abortion using the abortion pill, cost starting around  $500 and up to $900 or higher. However, pregnancies that are further along will require a form of surgical abortion, ranging from $500 to $3,000.    

What Other Costs Should I Consider When Deciding if Abortion is Right for Me?

On top of the cost of the procedure itself, you may face other costs throughout the abortion process. As you decide if abortion is right for you, consider the following costs:

  • Necessary pre-abortion screenings, including ultrasound, pregnancy testing, and STD testing.
  • Medication if needed 
  • Follow-up appointments
  • Emergency care in case of abortion complications
  • Travel and accommodation costs if required for abortion access
  • Time off from work for necessary recovery
  • Post-abortive counseling 

How Can I Calculate the Cost of my Abortion? 

As you decide if abortion is right for you, you’ll want to undergo pre-abortion screenings to better understand your unique pregnancy. Head to your local pregnancy clinic, like Options for Women St Croix Valley, for confidential pregnancy testing and an ultrasound scan at no cost. 

Once you confirm your pregnancy with our lab-quality pregnancy testing, you’ll receive an ultrasound scan, where you’ll learn the age, location, and viability of your pregnancy — all important factors as you determine the cost of your abortion. 

Our staff at Options for Women St Croix Valley will provide you with pregnancy options information and details about the resources available to you. Our clinic is designed to empower women facing unplanned pregnancies to make the choice that’s best for them! 

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Sources:

  1. Reardon DC. The abortion and mental health controversy: A comprehensive literature review of common ground agreements, disagreements, actionable recommendations, and research opportunities. SAGE open medicine. 2018;6: 1–38. 10.1177/2050312118807624 . [PMC free article] [PubMed] [CrossRef] [Google Scholar]

 

How Much Do Abortions Cost in MN?

If you’ve recently discovered you are pregnant, you may be  questioning what pregnancy options are right for you and what the cost will be of the care you choose. In the midst of these thoughts, remember you’re not alone and there is help available to you!

Options for Women St. Croix Valley is here to help you explore your options, get the care you need, and make the choice that’s best for you and your future. 

If your pregnancy choice is being influenced by finances, we’re happy to help by answering questions about cost and insurance and providing no-cost pregnancy resources to you during this time!

How much do abortions cost in MN?

The price of an abortion will depend largely on the type of procedure. Depending on the stage of pregnancy and level of development of the fetus, different abortion options will be offered to you at varying price points. 

Medical abortions, also commonly called the abortion pill, are offered to women in the first 10 weeks of pregnancy and typically cost around $500. There are also various forms of surgical abortions offered throughout pregnancy, ranging from $500 for first-trimester abortions to over $3,000 for second-trimester abortions.

Will an abortion be covered by insurance in MN?

It is possible your insurance will provide coverage for abortions accessed in the state of Minnesota; however, coverage will likely vary from plan to plan. 

If you are uninsured or wish to avoid having to file a claim with your insurance company, there are options other for no-cost pregnancy healthcare services available near you through your local pregnancy clinic, like Options for Women.

What do I need to do before accessing an abortion? 

Before choosing abortion, it’s highly recommended that you receive lab-quality pregnancy testing, an ultrasound scan, and STD testing. All of these services are provided at no cost here at Options for Women St. Croix Valley.

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Schedule your appointment today at Options for Women! 

What’s the Difference Between Closed and Open Adoption?

If you’re experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and reading this blog, perhaps you’ve already made the brave choice to make an adoption plan for your child. Or maybe you’re still exploring your pregnancy options, wondering if adoption is right for you.

As the birth mother, you will have complete control as you design your adoption plan and decide what kind of relationship, if any, you would like to have with your child.

What is a Closed Adoption?

A closed adoption is an adoption plan that does not include any contact between the birth mother and the adoptive family or child. Typically, in closed adoptions, only relevant, non-identifying information is revealed about both parties.

While closed adoptions were once the norm, today, roughly only 5 percent of adoptions are completely closed and anonymous. If you decide an open adoption plan, in which you have contact with your child moving forward, is not best for you, you will be able to entrust your adoption process with an adoption professional.

In most closed adoption cases, you will have the option to later decide you would like to “open” your adoption plan, whether that’s through letters, photos, calls, or in-person visits. Likewise, depending on the local law regarding adoption, the child may choose to learn your identity when they turn a certain age (typically 18 or 21). 

What is an Open Adoption? 

95 percent of today’s adoptions are open or semi-open, meaning the birth mother has some form of relationship with her child and the adoptive family. In open adoptions, you will be able to decide, with the help of your adoption agency, what family your child will be placed with and what kind of relationship you would like to have with your child post-placement.

Open adoptions include varying levels of relationships including an exchange of identifying information, pre-adoption contact as you prepare for the birth and establish your relationship, and post-adoption contact as you continue your relationship with the family and child.

Open adoption relationships can include in-person, scheduled visits, phone calls, text messages, video chats, emails, or regular letters and photos. It’s absolutely up to you to decide what you want this process and relationship to look like.

Creating an open adoption plan can be a freeing and empowering experience for the birth mother and can benefit the child in the long run. Knowing who their birth parents are may provide a stronger sense of identity as they understand their background, culture, and family of origin. 

Not sure what kind of adoption is right for you? Options for Women is here to help! 

If you’re looking to learn more about the various types of adoption plans and decide what’s best for you and your child, Options for Women is here to help! We can talk through your options with you, listen to you as you process and plan, and could connect you with a loving and supportive adoption agency to help you build a plan that’s best for you!

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What’s the difference between Plan B and the abortion pill?

There’s a lot of confusion related to Plan B and the abortion pill. If you think you might have an unplanned pregnancy, it’s important to understand, from a medical perspective, the differences between these two medications — from how they work to the risks and side effects associated with each.

Options for Women is here to help answer these commonly asked questions!

What is “Plan B?” 


Plan B, also known as an emergency contraceptive or “the morning-after pill,” is taken to prevent a pregnancy within 72 hours of unprotected sex. This over-the-counter medication prevents unwanted pregnancy by halting ovulation and fertilization. 

Are there side effects related to Plan B? 


Yes. You may experience the following side effects when taking Plan B:

  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Dizziness

What is the abortion pill? 


The abortion pill, unlike Plan B, ends a pregnancy that has already begun to develop. While Plan B prevents pregnancy from occurring, the abortion pill uses chemical means to terminate a pregnancy in the uterus within the first 10 weeks of gestation. 

The abortion pill is a two-step process. First, Mifepristone is taken to prevent the body from producing the pregnancy-supporting hormone, progesterone. This lack of nutrients causes the pregnancy to end in the uterus. Next, Misoprostol is used to cause contractions and force the pregnancy from the body. 

Are there side effects related to the abortion pill? 


Yes. According to the FDA, the abortion pill may cause some of the following side effects: 

 

  • Heavy bleeding
  • Exhaustion
  • Nausea 
  • Fever and chills
  • Vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness

In addition to these side effects, the abortion pill can also lead to severe health risks, such as: 

  • Incomplete abortion, requiring emergency surgery
  • Sepsis
  • Infection
  • Hemorrhaging 

Because abortions using the abortion pill are often completed at home without medical supervision, infections and hemorrhaging can go unnoticed and untreated for too long.

Schedule an appointment today to talk to a medical professional about the various risks and side effects related to the abortion pill. 

I’m pregnant — What’s next?  


If you’re experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, remember there’s help available to you! Options for Women is here to provide you with no-cost pregnancy health services, like pregnancy testing and an ultrasound scan, and options consultations to help you make the best decision for your and your future!

Schedule your appointment today!

Minnesota Abortion Laws in 2021

If you think you might be pregnant and are considering abortion, there are several laws in Minnesota you should be aware of to protect your health and rights.

Abortion Laws in Minnesota

First, you should know no one can force you to have an abortion against your will. Contact our clinic to learn about the resources available to you if you are pregnant and feeling pressure.

If someone is pressuring you to have an abortion procedure, please contact your local law enforcement right away. It is also illegal to perform an abortion for a minor under the age of 18 without the consent of her parents. If you are younger than 18 and someone is pressuring you to have an abortion let your parents and authorities know right away. If telling your parents feels too hard, we can help!

By law, in Minnesota, you can have an abortion if you are in the first 20 weeks of your pregnancy, after 20 weeks it is illegal to have an abortion unless your health or life is at stake. Medical abortion is only available through the first eleven weeks of pregnancy, while a surgical abortion is available during the first 20 weeks.   

Abortion Laws to Protect Your Health

Because abortion is a serious medical procedure, there are laws designed to protect you and your health.

Abortions Must Be Performed By a Doctor

First, Minnesota law requires all abortion procedures to be performed by a trained medical doctor.  

That’s because abortion is a medical procedure with possible risks and complications, both during the process and potential long-lasting complications or side effects. 

You Must Know About Abortion Side Effects

Also, Minnesota state law requires that a doctor, or abortion clinic staff member, provide you with all the information regarding complications and risks associated with an abortion procedure. It’s your health and future, so you deserve to have all the information you need to make the best decision for yourself. If an abortion provider does not provide you with this information, discourages you from reading this information, or provides the information in a manner that doesn’t allow you to understand all the details, you should immediately seek another medical provider for your health and safety. 

24-Hour Waiting Period

Minnesota abortion providers are also required to provide a 24-hour waiting period from the time you receive the necessary information about abortion to the time the abortion procedure is performed. This allows you time to evaluate the information and consider your options. If an abortion clinic or doctor does not follow this 24-waiting period and tries to perform an abortion procedure before it has ended, you should seek the assistance of another medical provider for your health and safety.

Your Sign Off Is Required

Abortion clinics are also legally required to have you sign a form to acknowledge they have provided you with all the required information about an abortion procedure. If the abortion clinic or doctor has not followed any of the above guidelines, do not sign any document and seek the assistance of another medical provider for your health and safety.

Just like any other serious medical procedure, you deserve to know all the facts as well as all your options before making a decision. 

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If you are pregnant or think you might be pregnant, please contact us right away. Our staff is here to help you understand all your options and empower you to make the best decision for your health and future.