AWHC Blog: Información&Inspiración

How Will I Pay For My Abortion?

mayo 2, 2019
abortion in texas

Figuring out how to finance an abortion procedure is a common concern for many of our clients. At Austin Women’s Health Center (AWHC), we believe funding should never be an obstacle for anyone seeking an abortion in Texas, and we are committed to offering each patient compassionate and individualized healthcare. We know that sorting through the details of a health insurance policy, finding extra money in your budget, or having to ask a partner for help, can be stressful. Our financial staff works closely with every patient to look at your individual circumstances and available funding options to help make this part easier. In this post, we’ll look at payment choices and financing that our clinic accepts for abortion care.

Insurance

If you have insurance coverage, part or all of your procedure may be covered under your plan. Our financial staff can confirm your coverage to determine how much of our fee is your insurance company’s responsibility, and calculate what you will be expected to pay for our services. If you have health insurance, call our office with your insurance information ahead of your appointment, so that we can verify your benefits and you’ll know what to expect.

Even if we aren’t in your insurance company’s preferred network, our services may be covered by out-of-network eligibility and benefits. If so, we will provide you with details on how to file an out-of-network claim with your insurance company, and provide you with all the documentation you will need. If you want to understand more about healthcare costs and insurance coverage, Healthcare.gov is a great resource.

If you have any questions about the general cost of an abortion in Texas or the portion of our fee you are required to pay, let our financial staff know. We never want cost to be a barrier to care. Our staff will assist you in determining if you have other funding choices and options.

We will discuss birth control options during your pre-counseling visit. Under The Affordable Care Act, insurance plans are required to offer birth control options as a benefit. This may include oral contraceptives, Nexplanon, or other IUD options.

Public Coverage

Though Medicaid and Medicare do not cover abortions in Texas, AWHC partners with a number of organizations that offer a discount to uninsured patients. To be eligible for discounted coverage, please bring your current Medicaid card and a valid form of photo identification to your appointment.

Medicaid does cover birth control devices and prescriptions when purchased at a Medicaid-participating pharmacy.

Self-Pay

Since so many health insurance policies don’t cover abortion care, most of our patients pay our fee out-of-pocket. If you do not have medical insurance or public coverage, contact our office to discuss current fees and payment options offered to our self-pay clients. We don’t quote a specific fee since the fee will vary from person to person.

We understand that for many people, finding the funds to pay for an abortion is a difficult burden. Our staff has assisted and supported countless patients through this process.

Please inform us if you are worried about paying for your abortion. We can determine if you qualify for financial assistance through one of our nonprofit partners, or we may be able to identify other funding sources.

Financial Assistance

There are a number of organizations that offer funding assistance for medical fees and expenses like lodging, transportation, meals, and emotional support services. Most of our partner organizations require us to pre-screen patients or apply for funding on their behalf, so it’s a good idea to call our office and ask us what documentation you will need to bring to your pre-abortion care counseling appointment. If you want to learn more about abortion funding options and organizations, a list of our trusted partners is available on our website.

Cost, Fees, and Payment

A number of factors contribute to the cost of an abortion in Texas, including pregnancy length, whether you want to have a medical abortion or surgical abortion, and patient medical history.

We ask that you pay our fee at your pre-abortion counseling appointment or on our website patient portal. Remember to bring your photo identification and any required insurance cards or financial paperwork to your appointments. We accept payment in the form of cash, money orders, or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express). If you are paying with a credit card, the person whose name is on the card must be present. If the cardholder can’t be present at your appointment, please pay online.

At Austin Women’s Health Center (AWHC) we are committed to providing clients with access to quality, compassionate, and affordable healthcare. Our appointments are individualized and include ample time to ask questions, express concerns, and talk about all the details relating to your abortion. Please call our office if you have additional questions or would like to schedule an appointment.