A study to understand Medicaid coverage of abortion

What is the study about?

Access to high-quality reproductive health care, including safe abortion care, promotes women’s and families’ rights and health. However, people seeking abortion care in the United States may run into multiple barriers that delay or prevent them from receiving abortion care. While insurance coverage for abortion is available in some states, we know that other factors may prevent individuals from accessing needed abortion care or may delay the process. In this study, we want to connect with abortion patients in California, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, and Massachusetts who have sought an abortion in the last 12 months and were able to use Medicaid or Medicare to cover the costs. In particular we would like to understand the experience of seeking places for care, the process patients follow to obtain care, and also learn more about their healthcare decision making. 

Why participate?

Little is known about the abortion seeking experience of patients in states where Medicaid or Medicare is available for abortion coverage. We know that when people are unable to use their insurance to pay for their abortion, the cost can be a significant barrier. In addition, we know that finding a clinic to access care and getting an appointment may also be a challenge. People who share their stories will help the study team understand additional barriers that people may face when seeking abortion care and may highlight potential gaps in abortion coverage.  This information could help us advocate for changes in processes that hinder abortion access and may help remove barriers to abortion care. Anyone to completes a survey and shares their story will receive a $40 gift card.
How is the study being conducted?

We will conduct all interviews through a phone or Zoom interview, and a brief demographic survey will be completed online. Interviews will last about 1-hour. No personally identifying information will be collected during the interview or survey. After the interview, participants will receive information on how to access their gift card. 

Who can participate in the study?

Individuals must:

  • Speak English
  • Have had an abortion covered by Medicaid or Medicare in the last 12 months 
  • Have been a resident of California, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, or Massachusetts at the time of covered abortion

Ready to participate? Here’s what you should do next:

Complete this brief questionnaire. If you are eligible, you will enter in contact info and take your online survey. After you complete the survey, a member of the research team will contact you to schedule your phone or Zoom interview. 

Other questions?

If you have any questions about the study, please contact Yves-Yvette Young at UCAS@ibisreproductivehealth.org or 617-349-0040 extension 1049.