Are abortions at Planned Parenthood Covered by Kaiser?

With the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade, abortion care in Colorado has seen a significant shift. Not only will this article provide insights into Kaiser Permanente’s services, but it will also shed light on the overall landscape of abortion care in the region.

Does Kaiser cover abortions at Planned Parenthood?

Kaiser is an HMO (Health Maintenance Organisation) meaning you aren’t covered for non-Kaiser services unless you’re referred out or it’s an emergency. You can’t use your Kaiser coverage at non-Kaiser places outside of either-

  1. emergencies. or,
  2. if you have a referral (there’s some fiddly detail, but that will cover most situations).

Thus, Kaiser does not cover abortions at Planned Parenthood. You can avail of Kaiser’s in-house services for abortion. Depending on the location Kaiser provides abortion services to its clients. Also, Planned Parenthood isn’t very expensive so it could still be a good option even if it does not accept Kaiser.

Kaiser Abortion Services

Kaiser Permanente provides abortion services. The cost of abortion depends on the plan that you are enrolled in. Some plans cover the abortion cost but not the associated costs like blood work, anesthesia, medications, pathology, etc.

Kaiser Permanente in Colorado now offers expanded abortion services to its patients. In response to long wait times at abortion clinics, Kaiser Permanente is stepping up to provide care. Previously, patients were referred to Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, but with restrictive abortion laws leading to longer waits, Kaiser is expanding services to ensure timely access to care.

ProviderServices
Kaiser PermanenteExpanded abortion services.
Planned ParenthoodWait time increased to 22 days for first-trimester abortion

Cost of Abortion

  • The medication-based abortion costs between $500 to $800.
  • A surgical abortion costs between $600 to $2100. The cost of the portion increases as the time of pregnancy increases.

What is the stance of other healthcare systems on abortion care?

While some healthcare systems are accommodating increased demands, others like HealthOne, Centura Health, and all but one of SCL Health’s facilities do not offer abortion services.

This is in line with the situation at Kaiser Permanente, where the decision to expand abortion services was made to ensure that all members have access to safe and timely care. Catholic-affiliated facilities like Intermountain Healthcare are guided by the Ethical and Religious Directives, which prohibit abortions.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. Does Planned Parenthood take Alameda Alliance?

“If you have Medi-Cal, Medi-Cal Managed Care (ex: Partnership Health Plan, Contra Costa Health Plan, Alameda Alliance), or Medicare, you can come to Planned Parenthood for most of our services.”

Planned Parenthood

2. Can a non-US citizen go to Planned Parenthood?

Yes, Planned Parenthood is open to non-US citizens. Depending on your financial situation you can qualify for low-or no-cost services under state programs, or you may self-pay for your services.

3. Is Kaiser insurance only in California?

Kaiser Permanente service areas include all or parts of California, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Oregon, Virginia, Washington, Washington, D.C. 

Conclusion

The landscape of abortion care in Colorado is complex, with increased demands and varying stances among healthcare providers. Kaiser Permanente’s decision to offer expanded abortion services is a significant step towards ensuring access to care. It reflects the provider’s commitment to reproductive health and individual rights, aligning with the broader trend of providing comprehensive care in response to the changing legal landscape.

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