Insurance Coverage for Abortion

Insurance Coverage for Abortion2019-07-18T15:38:46-04:00

About This Work

Current federal policy, including the Hyde Amendment, bans insurance coverage of abortion for anyone who qualifies for public insurance coverage, such as those who use Medicaid or Medicare, federal employees, Peace Corps volunteers, and members of the military. These bans disproportionately impact low-income people, women of color, immigrants, and transgender & gender non-conforming people.

NIRH works on the local and state level to restore public coverage of abortion, so that all people can access the reproductive health care they need regardless of where their insurance comes from. Ending bans on insurance coverage of abortion is a matter of reproductive and economic justice. We are proud partners in the All* Above All campaign.

Beginning this work in 2010, NIRH conducted ground-breaking research in anticipation of attacks on abortion coverage tied to the Affordable Care Act. Since then, we have worked with state advocates and directly with state agencies to achieve insurance coverage for abortion. On the local level, we have supported advocates across the country to work with their local government to pass resolutions calling for an end on abortion coverage bans and to oppose the Hyde Amendment through the passage of the EACH Woman Act.

Our Successes

Establishing a Reproductive Health Fund in Kalamazoo

NIRH believes that localities are laboratories for innovation in policy-making that centers equitable access to reproductive health care. We are committed to securing municipal funding to support abortion access, and we ground our strategy in the growing movement to create municipal budgets that truly invest in community health and safety rather than over-policing. In 2021, NIRH worked with All* Above All and the YWCA of Kalamazoo to become the first city with a Reproductive Health Fund that supports the full range of reproductive and sexual health care options. Through a shared vision and strategy, we secured county funding for the [...]

April 8th, 2021|

Virginia Legislative Victories

Both NIRH and the NIRH Action Fund have worked steadily in Virginia for several years — Virginia has now passed proactive abortion laws two years in a row, rolling back a host of restrictions to create a much-needed access point in the Southeast. Virginia had once been infamous for its attacks on abortion care, passing a raft of barriers to abortion access throughout the 2010s. The NIRH Action Fund worked in Virginia in 2017 and 2019, and in the 2019 elections, Virginia voters elected a pro-choice majority in the General Assembly for the first time in two decades. New lawmakers [...]

February 25th, 2021|

Clearer Standards for Health Insurer ID Cards

In 2017, NIRH successfully fought for no-copay coverage of abortion and contraception for all state-regulated insurance plans in New York. However, many New Yorkers are covered by employer-provided self-funded plans which are governed by federal law and do not have to comply with state-level requirements. NIRH then urged the state to find a creative solution that would ensure that all New Yorkers would be able to understand if their health insurance plan must comply with New York state requirements which guarantees coverage for abortion and contraception. In July of 2019, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a new regulation for health insurer [...]

July 10th, 2019|

Passing Resolution Supporting Insurance Coverage for Abortion Care in Durham County, NC

On April 9, 2018, the Durham County Board of Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution calling for an end to the Hyde Amendment and calling upon President Trump and North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper to support measures to ensure and protect the rights of women, transgender, and gender-nonconforming individuals everywhere to have unhindered access to safe and comprehensive health care. NIRH and All* Above All partnered with NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina and a broad coalition of local organizations, including Carolina Abortion Fund, SisterSong, ACLU of North Carolina, Action NC, American Association of University Women NC, Equality NC, Jewish Voice for Peace, [...]

April 9th, 2018|

Passing a Resolution to Support Abortion Coverage in Public Insurance Programs in Pittsburgh, PA

On November 20, 2017, the Pittsburgh City Council voted to pass a Will of Council calling for the passage of the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage (EACH Woman) Act, a federal bill that would reinstate abortion coverage in public insurance programs, and for the repeal of Pennsylvania’s ban on abortion coverage in private insurance plans sold through the state’s Health Insurance Exchange. This remarkable effort was led by New Voices for Reproductive Justice, a human rights organization dedicated to the health and well-being of Black women and women of color in Pennsylvania and Ohio, and supported by the National Institute [...]

November 20th, 2017|
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