Has Obamacare Increased Abortion Restrictions in the U.S.?

The Kaiser Family Foundation 1/21/16 newsletter reports that “on the eve of the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, a new Kaiser Family Foundation analysis finds 25 states either bar abortion coverage in Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace plans or limit it to cases of rape or incest or when the woman’s life is endangered. In an additional six states, no 2016 ACA plans offer abortion coverage despite the absence of state legislative restrictions (Delaware, Iowa, Minnesota, Nevada, West Virginia and Wyoming). In three states without bans, plans that include abortion coverage are unavailable in at least one county (Colorado, Illinois and Texas).”

Availability of Abortion Coverage through Marketplace Plans, 2016

“Although the number women gaining access to health insurance coverage is rising, an increasing share of women are facing limitations in the scope of that coverage when it comes to abortion services.  The impact of the abortion coverage restrictions disproportionately affects poor and low-income women who have limited ability to pay for abortion services with out-of-pocket funds … While millions of women have gained health insurance coverage as a result of the ACA insurance expansions, many are enrolled in plans that restrict the circumstances in which abortion services will be covered.”

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