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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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Why Do I Need an Ultrasound Before Abortion?

Getting an ultrasound isn’t just a step women should take if they’re planning to give birth. In fact, ultrasounds are essential to give you more information about the pregnancy and your body so you can stay healthy and safe. 

Here are five good reasons you should get an ultrasound before your abortion:

1. An ultrasound is necessary to determine what kind of abortion you’re eligible for. 


Because an ultrasound will tell you how far along you are in the pregnancy, it will let you know if you’re eligible for the abortion pill or a surgical abortion. The abortion pill can only be taken during the first 10 weeks of pregnancy, so it’s important to know exactly how far along you are.Woman wonders why she needs an Ultrasound Before Abortion

An ultrasound scan is the most effective method of determining the potential due date and stage of pregnancy, even for women who carefully track their cycles and know when they’ve had unprotected sex.

2. Ultrasounds will reveal whether or not the pregnancy is viable.

 

A positive pregnancy test simply means your body is producing detectable levels of the pregnancy hormone hCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin). However, this does not necessarily mean you are pregnant with a viable pregnancy. An ultrasound will reveal where the pregnancy is located and if it’s viable.


3. An ultrasound will help identify any major health issues.

An ultrasound scan will help you identify any concerning health issues you may be experiencing alongside your pregnancy. One to be aware of is ectopic pregnancy, in which the pregnancy is located somewhere other than the uterus. Ectopic pregnancies are not viable and can be extremely harmful, if not fatal, if left untreated.


4. Getting an ultrasound is one more means of gathering as much information as possible. 

Making an informed choice regarding your pregnancy means you’ve taken all the steps necessary to learn about all your options. An ultrasound is one of the best ways to learn about your pregnancy, your health, and the choices available to you.

 

5. They’re available at no cost! 

Getting an ultrasound may cost extra at the abortion clinic, however, your local pregnancy medical clinic will administer one at no cost to you!

Schedule your appointment for a no-cost ultrasound at Options for Women today!

Pregnancy Services During COVID-19 Pandemic

Last year was filled with anxiety, stress, and a constant sense of the unknown. One thing is for sure, COVID-19 has impacted the lives of all of us. Parents are concerned about their children, older adults are at the highest risk, and pregnant women wonder if it will infect their unborn babies. Woman Quarantining During Covid-19

 

Pregnancy and COVID-19

According to a Harvard Medical Study, pregnant women “are just as likely as the general public to develop symptoms if infected with the new coronavirus.” In other words, being pregnant does not make you more susceptible to getting the disease. 

 

What We Know About Pregnancy and COVID-19

A study in Los Angeles included 134 pregnant women who tested positive for the disease. More than 82% of the women had symptoms. Of those who had already given birth, none of their babies were infected. These results suggest the virus does not spread through the amniotic fluid or across the placenta. 

Interestingly, a recent study of 215 pregnant women at two New York hospitals found a few of the women tested positive for COVID-19 but had no symptoms. Of the 33 women who tested positive, 29 (or 88%) did not have symptoms. These results reveal how it is possible for many people to have the virus and not even know it.

The Harvard Medical Study also cited a smaller study that suggested mothers with COVID-19 did not spread the virus to babies in their breast milk. It is recommended that if you choose to breastfeed to be sure and wear a cloth mask, wash your hands thoroughly, and always cough into a tissue. Never put a mask on a baby under the age of two.

 

How have Pregnancy Medical Clinics  responded?

Pregnancy medical clinics  across the nation rapidly responded to the ever-changing requirements for taking care of patients during the outbreak. 

Most clinics, to keep patients and employees safe, require an online form to be completed before an appointment. Many updated their intake procedures, conducting visits in one room only, taking temperatures at the door, and limiting the number of people, all in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. 

Options for Women continues to see clients while following strict guidelines. Here is what we recommend:

  • Avoid close contact with others by following the social distancing rule of 6 feet.
  • Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly.
  • Use hand sanitizer if hand washing is not available.
  • If you have any questions, our medical professionals are happy to talk with you and answer more specifically what you may be wondering.

Please contact us to schedule an appointment for free and confidential pregnancy services today. We’re here with open doors because we know your needs don’t wait.

What is the Abortion Pill?

Unplanned pregnancies are often accompanied by a slew of emotions — most commonly those of fear and worry. As you consider the options in front of you, it’s important to gather all of the necessary information so you can be empowered to make the decision that’s best for you!

When it comes to an unplanned pregnancy you have three options — parenting, adoption, and abortion. While abortion is often portrayed in the media, when it comes to making a decision for your life, it typically looks a bit different and it’s important to understand the options available to you.

Many woman experiencing unplanned pregnancies are overcome with anxiety and uncertainty, making them feel like abortion is their only option. The abortion pill is commonly sold as the “easy” choice for women looking to end their pregnancies. While it isn’t as invasive as surgical abortions, the pill is still a serious medical procedure and comes with its own list of side effects and risks.

Continue reading to learn more about the abortion pill, how it works, and its various risks and side effects. 

What is the abortion pill?

The abortion pill is a medical form of abortion most often offered to women in the first 11 weeks of pregnancy. A medical abortion is a two-pill process that is typically started at a doctor’s office and completed at home. The pill is not to be confused with “Plan B” or “The Morning After Pill.” These pills stop a pregnancy from happening, while the abortion pill terminates a pregnancy that has already begun to develop.

 

How does the abortion pill work?

The first step of the abortion pill is called Mifepristone. This pill stops the production of progesterone, which is a natural hormone the body creates to help the pregnancy grow and develop. This initial step is typically performed at a doctor’s office, while the second pill, Misoprostol, is taken at home. Misoprostol causes contractions and will cause the pregnancy to expel from the uterus.

What are the side effects of the abortion pill?

While this sounds as simple as popping a few pills, it’s important to remember that the abortion pill is a serious medical procedure and can be accompanied by several intense side effects. If you’re considering the abortion pill, take time to learn about each risk and talk to a medical professional about your current medical conditions and any concerns you might have.

Some common side effects of the abortion pill include:Woman Considering the Abortion Pill

  • Abdominal Pain 
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Heavy/persistent bleeding

In addition to these typical side effects, there are a few other serious risks to consider prior to scheduling your appointment.

First, if the abortion pill does not effectively end the pregnancy and you experience an “incomplete abortion,” surgery will be required immediately.

Additionally, many women also experience emotional and mental repercussions following their abortions. Because medical abortions are completed at home and typically in isolation, women often report feelings of trauma that can last years beyond the abortion itself. 


What do I need to do before I take the abortion pill?

Prior to scheduling your abortion appointment, you’ll want to confirm your pregnancy with a lab-quality test. These tests, provided at no cost at your local pregnancy medical clinic , will deliver the most accurate results by measuring the hCG hormone in your urine. 

Once you have a positive test, you’ll want to schedule an ultrasound scan to confirm your pregnancy is viable. You may be wondering why you would need an ultrasound if you’re getting an abortion. Getting an ultrasound scan will help you gather necessary information about your pregnancy: its location, gestational age, and viability. This info will determine if you’re eligible for a medical abortion. 

To schedule a no-cost pregnancy test or ultrasound with Options for Women, click here!

If you’re experiencing an unplanned pregnancy or are worried you might be pregnant, your friends at Options for Women are here to help! We’re passionate about providing resources and information at no cost so that you can make the best decision for you and your future! 


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