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‘An Arm and a Leg’: When Insurance Won’t Pay, Abortion Assistance Funds Step In

This podcast by Dan Weissmann was first published by Kaiser Health News, republished here with permission


November 23, 2022

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As Americans choose their insurance plans for next year, some may wonder: How does the recent increase in state abortion restrictions affect insurance plans?

There is no single answer, but for many people, insurance rarely helped pay for abortions. Most pay cash, and many cannot afford it.

This is where abortion funds come in. These organizations have provided financial and logistical assistance to people seeking abortion care for decades.

The “An Arm and a Leg” podcast spoke with Oriaku Njoku, executive director of the National Network of Abortion Funds, and Tyler Barbarin, a board member at the New Orleans Abortion Fund, to understand the history behind these services. and how it is that in a post-Roe v. Wade environment.

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