Medicaid

Medicaid funding, abortions

February 6th, 2014

Alaska's abortion funding restrictions blocked for now

Last month, in a move sure to hurt low-income women in the largest US state, Alaska's Lieutenant Governor filed rules that would eliminate most Medicaid coverage of abortion. Alaska is one of only 15 states that currently covers abortion as part of pregnancy care under state Medicaid.

On January 29, Planned Parenthood sued the Alaska state health commissioner over the new rules, stating:

"State Medicaid in Alaska can't single out abortions and treat them differently from other Medicaid services." Joshua Decker, Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest

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Categories: abortion restrictions, Medicaid, unfair laws

January 10th, 2014

Alaska to restrict Medicaid funding of abortion

In a move sure to have devastating effects on low-income Alaska residents, the state is set to begin restricting Medicaid coverage of abortion as of February 2. Currently, only 15 states cover abortion with state Medicaid funding; if these restrictions go into effect as expected, that number will drop to 14.

Alaska is a state twice the size of Texas and only has 8 abortion providers. Simply getting an appointment can be a logistical puzzle that results in expensive delays for treatment, and with so few providers covering such a vast area, women often need to book a flight to get an abortion, increasing their costs.

Eliminating coverage for abortion will further reduce access for women who are already struggling to make ends meet.

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Categories: abortion restrictions, Medicaid, unfair laws

October 1st, 2013

#Hyde37

On the 37th anniversary of the Hyde Amendment, National Network of Abortion Funds' Executive Director Stephanie Poggi joined local abortion funds on Twitter to discuss the impact of nearly four decades of a ban on Medicaid funding of abortion and to look towards a future without the Hyde Amendment.

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Categories: Abortion Access Month, abortion restrictions, Carolina Abortion Fund, DC Abortion Fund, Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund, economic justice, Funds, health care reform, Hyde Amendment, Lilith Fund, Medicaid, New York Abortion Access Fund, Pro-Choice Resources, TakeAction, Texas Equal Access Fund, unfair laws

September 25th, 2013

What would you sell?

Earlier this week abortion fund activists shared a few of the things they say to people who call for assistance. Here are just a few of the things abortion fund advocates report that callers have sacrificed to get one step closer to an abortion they need:

What would you sell?

Please take action today and sign the petition to repeal the Hyde Amendment. No one should have to sacrifice basic necessities just to get the health care that is their right.

 

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Categories: Abortion Access Month, economic justice, Funds, health care reform, Hyde Amendment, Medicaid, unfair laws

September 19th, 2013

#Access13 in 140 characters or less

Sarah Tuttle is on the board of the Lilith Fund for Reproductive Equity in Texas. This morning, she delivered an excellent Twitter treatise on Abortion Access Month -- as an abortion fund volunteer, she has a firsthand view of the damaging effects of longstanding bans on abortion funding and the dwindling access to abortion services in her state.

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Categories: Abortion Access Month, abortion restrictions, economic justice, Funds, Hyde Amendment, Lilith Fund, Medicaid, TakeAction, unfair laws

September 9th, 2013

Mind the gap: infographic

Abortion has been legal in the US for more than 40 years. But roadblocks, detours, delays and staggering costs all mean that abortion is nearly out of reach for many. It's time for a conversation about why so many people are kept at the margins, and what that means for their lives.

Join us this month for Abortion Access Month -- and mind the gap.

To download and share the infographic, above:

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Categories: Abortion Access Month, abortion restrictions, economic justice, Funds, Medicaid, TakeAction, unfair laws

September 5th, 2013

Mind the gap: September is Abortion Access Month

By National Network of Abortion Fund board members Eesha Pandit and Verónica Bayetti Flores. Cross-posted from Feministing.

What does it really take to get an abortion in America?

September is Abortion Access Month, and an important time to think about this question. As it turns out, it takes quite a bit to get an abortion in this country, and as states across the nation pile on waiting periods, ultrasound requirements, bans, and other barriers, accessing safe and legal abortion care is becoming more difficult by the day. One of the biggest hurdles for folks seeking abortion care is the fact that, for many, it is quite simply unaffordable. Who are the folks that cannot afford abortion care?

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Categories: Abortion Access Month, economic justice, Funds, Hyde Amendment, immigrants' rights, Medicaid, TakeAction, unfair laws

July 3rd, 2013

Letter to Congress: DC's local government should decide local laws

The National Network of Abortion Funds joins a diverse coalition of 52 organizations representing advocates for low-income women and women of color, youth communities, people of faith, health care providers, and voting rights advocates to defend District of Columbia's budget autonomy and lift the ban on Medicaid abortion coverage in DC.

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Categories: abortion restrictions, DC Abortion Fund, economic justice, Funds, Medicaid, unfair laws

June 28th, 2013

One lesson from Texas: legal abortion means nothing without access

By Eesha Pandit, Board Member of the National Network of Abortion Funds. A version of this originally appeared at RH Reality Check on June 27, 2013.

This is such a simple concept that I can't believe we still have to say it, but we do:

The legal right to an abortion means nothing to a person who can’t get to the clinic, the person who can’t speak the language spoken in the clinic, the person who doesn’t have enough money to pay for it, the person who doesn’t have the documentation required.

Texas State Senator Wendy Davis knows it. That’s why she stood for 12 hours in a dramatic filibuster on the floor of the Senate. State Senator Leticia Van De Putte knows it. That’s why she left her father’s funeral, drove 3 hours and arrived on the Senate floor to speak against Texas Senate Bill 5. Also in the know are the hundreds of people, men and women alike, who protested their hearts out for hours—and days—on end and ultimately were the ones who pushed the special session to an end before a vote could be reached on the regressive bill that would make abortion inaccessible to millions of Texans.

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Categories: abortion restrictions, economic justice, Funds, Lilith Fund, Medicaid, Texas Equal Access Fund, unfair laws

March 7th, 2013

Hyde hurts...and Helms hurts, too

On March 7, 2013 we joined the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Rights, Forward Together, Ipas, SisterSong, and several abortion funds in an online chat to talk about the impact of abortion funding restrictions on rural women, women in poverty and women of color--both in the United States and, via the Helms Amendment, well beyond our borders. Check out the slide show for some highlights of our discussion!

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Categories: abortion restrictions, Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund, economic justice, Funds, Hyde Amendment, immigrants' rights, International Funds, Medicaid, New York Abortion Access Fund, unfair laws