Opinion: CT should require all insurance companies to cover abortion

The state of Connecticut guarantees and protects the right to an abortion up to 24 weeks. Connecticuts Medicaid, HUSKY Health, cover the cost of the abortion, but other private insurances and Medicaid from other states may not cover the cost of this procedure. Only 20% of CT residents are covered by state Medicaid; 71 percent of Connecticut women have private health insurance through their employer or through direct purchase. Too many women in Connecticut wonder, if i need an abortion do i have to pay out of pocket?

Connecticut should require all insurance plans to cover the cost of abortion, increasing access to affordable, quality reproductive health care. The average cost of an abortion is between $500 and $700, with costs varying by length of pregnancy and type of insurance. The right to an abortion in Connecticut has been written into Connecticut state law since 1990, and in Connecticut women have access to 700 reproductive health centers. Yet many of them charge a large fee to receive this treatment.

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