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Pro-Choice and Pro-Voice

Posts tagged Medicaid

Mar 2 '14
senatecharts:

Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ) quotes the Guttmacher Institute while fighting against abortion.

What happens to patients who are denied abortions?
"The take-home from that study is that most women are having an abortion because they say they can’t afford to have a child. And it turns out that they’re right: Two years later, women who had a baby they weren’t expecting to have, compared to the women who had the abortion they wanted, are three times more likely to be living in poverty. They knew they couldn’t afford a kid and it turns out they were correct." - Tracy Weitz, PhD, of the Turnaway Study

senatecharts:

Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ) quotes the Guttmacher Institute while fighting against abortion.

What happens to patients who are denied abortions?

"The take-home from that study is that most women are having an abortion because they say they can’t afford to have a child. And it turns out that they’re right: Two years later, women who had a baby they weren’t expecting to have, compared to the women who had the abortion they wanted, are three times more likely to be living in poverty. They knew they couldn’t afford a kid and it turns out they were correct." - Tracy Weitz, PhD, of the Turnaway Study

Feb 24 '14
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Jun 10 '13
rhrealitycheck:

Branstad to Approve Medicaid Abortion Cases Individually, Says He’ll Be ‘Thoughtful’
Iowa’s anti-choice Republican governor announced Friday that he expects to sign the state’s budget into law, including a new rule that will give him complete control over federal Medicaid funding for the roughly two dozen Medicaid-eligible abortions that are performed in the state each year.

UGGGGGHHHHHHHHHH

rhrealitycheck:

Branstad to Approve Medicaid Abortion Cases Individually, Says He’ll Be ‘Thoughtful’

Iowa’s anti-choice Republican governor announced Friday that he expects to sign the state’s budget into law, including a new rule that will give him complete control over federal Medicaid funding for the roughly two dozen Medicaid-eligible abortions that are performed in the state each year.

UGGGGGHHHHHHHHHH

Mar 29 '13
Most people pay out-of-pocket for abortions.
Abortion access affects not only women, but trans* and queer people as well.

Most people pay out-of-pocket for abortions.

Abortion access affects not only women, but trans* and queer people as well.

Mar 25 '13

Tumblr, in all its glorious wisdom, won’t let me reblog myself, but please reblog my post, Resources for Decision-Making and Low-Income Parenting! The more people who know about it, the better!

Aug 22 '12

Resources for Decision-Making and Low-Income Parenting

This post will continue to be updated, so if you don’t see anything of use to you, check back to the source or under my Resources page. Any resources of these kind that I’ve missed, please reblog with them or message me. This goes for any category you believe you should add, with both financial and social support systems.
Decision-making:
  • If you’re not ready or able to talk to anyone, Pregnancy Options has a free, printable workbook to help you make a decision
  • Backline offers a full range of reproductive counseling and referrals, and the National Abortion Federation provides information on pregnancy and abortion, and support and referrals for abortion services.
  • The Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice offers counseling for decision-making, concerns involving abortion, and referrals
  • The National Network of Abortion Funds may be able to contribute some money toward your abortion. Their website also has tips for raising the money you need.
  • The Administration for Children & Families has information on adoption
  • Here’s a list of adoption lawyers, which you can refine by state
  • State Adoption Program Managers
  • Friends in Adoption is a not-for-profit, pro-choice adoption agency that provides free services to pregnant people considering adoption, assists biological and adoptive families with the adoption process, and offers post-adoption support services.
  • Knowing how far along you are is important in knowing how much time you have to decide. Ask your local free/low-cost clinic if they perform ultrasounds, or if they can give recommendations. Your nearest Planned Parenthood may offer free or low-cost ultrasounds depending on your income, or provide referrals.
  • See if there is a nearby community college or other training site for people studying ultrasound and imaging technology. Sometimes you can get an ultrasound performed for free by students!
Giving Birth (also see Health Care):
  • See if a doula and/or midwife program in your city or state offers low-cost or volunteer labor and birth support. Here’s a list of volunteer doula programs to start. It’s also possible to negotiate a lower fee with doulas and midwives, or barter to exchange services instead of money.
  • Operation Special Delivery provides volunteer doula services to those whose military partners have been injured or killed, and those who are or will be deployed or otherwise unable to attend the birth.
  • Medicaid may help cover the cost of a birthing center, which provides a safe and comfortable alternative to hospital or home birth. Some birthing centers also offer payment plans.
  • There are lots of online checklists for what to bring to the hospital during your labor and birth
  • 32 Ways to Save Money During Your Hospital Birth
  • You can negotiate with the hospital - what they charge you is WAY more than what it costs them. If you’re paying in cash, they may give you a discount. There are a lot of tips and forums dealing with hospital negotiations online. Here’s one website.

Health Care:

  • 211.org can connect you to help with food, housing, employment, health care, counseling and more
  • Scarleteen’s Find-A-Doc lets you search for doctors, counselors, shelters/centers, doulas, and other sexual/reproductive health services. You can also add or read reviews.
  • Look over your insurance options at Healthcare.gov
  • Your state’s Medicaid program
  • The Affordable Care Act expands insurance and health care options for pregnant people and children, including the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). You can find local health care centers, services, and information on their page.
  • Many Planned Parenthood locations provide general health care at little to no cost, depending on your income
  • Nurse-Family Partnership offers free at-home (or another safe place) pregnancy and childcare assistance until your child turns two.
  • NeedyMeds is a directory of programs that offer assistance to people who can’t afford their medications or health care.
  • Free Dental Care can help you find low-cost or free clinics
  • Look for dental and dental hygiene schools if you are comfortable with closely-supervised students
  • Your state’s United Way program may sponsor or help you connect with low-cost or free dental care
  • You can straight up ask for a discount at your doctor’s office. The Billfold’s How to Get Health Care While Uninsured has more on the topic.
Food:
Housing:
Parenting:
  • Backline can connect you to parenting resources
  • Your state’s Department of Human Services may have a program to provide low-income, working parents with access to quality, affordable child care
  • The US Department of Health and Human Services sponsors the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) to both states and Native tribes
  • eHow has a step-by-step guide to finding child care assistance through Child Care Aware
  • Detroit’s Sew Up the Safety Net for Women and Children is a free program connecting women ages 18-34 to parenting support, counseling, baby health and care information, and other services and education
  • Eveline’s Sunshine Cottage in Texas and the Jeremiah Project in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Fargo, and Austin assist single mothers in breaking the cycle of poverty through education and social support.
  • Lift the Shame is an online, English-speaking support group for pregnant people and mothers with eating disorders, meeting one Sunday a month.
  • Uzazi Village in Kansas City, MO provides pregnancy and parenting support to low-income [mainly] Black women, including doulas and midwives, breastfeeding support, free clothing, birth classes, and ceremonies for pregnancy and motherhood events.
  • You may be able to find parenting and home ec. classes, baby materials, social support, child care, and other resources through your local community center or place of worship
  • Many diaper and formula companies offer free samples and opportunities to win packages or cash
Disabilities (also see Health Care):
  • Search for your state’s Early Childhood Intervention (ECI or EI) services. These services are mandated by Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
  • If you or your partner are disabled, your child can receive Social Security benefits
  • Family Village is a directory of resources on disability rights, social support, information, and merchandise
  • Parent to Parent USA is a national organization that matches families with trained volunteer support parents who can connect them to local resources, provide information on health care, and teach coping skills
  • The Arc provides services, information, self-advocacy and employment opportunities, and referrals through their local chapters to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities
Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault:
Some crisis pregnancy centers/pregnancy resource centers can also provide, or refer you to places that provide help with rent, prenatal and infant care, and basic baby items. Always use caution when contacting CPCs - many exist to dissuade you from abortion, and some may try to convert you, require you to be Christian or take Bible classes to receive help, or practice coercive adoption. Use them as a last resort or get a recommendation from someone who has used their services.
Please reblog so others have these sources. 
Aug 21 '12
keepyourbsoutofmyuterus:

From the Texas Tribune:

A federal appeals court on Tuesday lifted a temporary injunction and ruled that Texas can remove Planned Parenthood from the Women’s Health Program. 
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission responded swiftly to the decision with an e-mailed statement. 
“We appreciate the court’s ruling and will move to enforce state law banning abortion providers and affiliates from the Women’s Health Program as quickly as possible,” HHSC spokeswoman Stephanie Goodman said in a statement.

There are NO words.

For the record, here are Texas’ anti-choice laws:
You must undergo a transvaginal ultrasound before the abortion
You must listen to a state-mandated, anti-choice lecture designed to discourage you from getting an abortion
You must wait 24 hours after the ultrasound and lecture before getting an abortion (this means you have to make two trips - this is required for the pill and for surgical abortions)
If you are a minor, you must obtain parental consent or undergo judicial bypass
Public funding for abortion is only available in cases of life endangerment, rape, or incest

keepyourbsoutofmyuterus:

From the Texas Tribune:

A federal appeals court on Tuesday lifted a temporary injunction and ruled that Texas can remove Planned Parenthood from the Women’s Health Program. 

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission responded swiftly to the decision with an e-mailed statement. 

“We appreciate the court’s ruling and will move to enforce state law banning abortion providers and affiliates from the Women’s Health Program as quickly as possible,” HHSC spokeswoman Stephanie Goodman said in a statement.

There are NO words.

For the record, here are Texas’ anti-choice laws:

  1. You must undergo a transvaginal ultrasound before the abortion
  2. You must listen to a state-mandated, anti-choice lecture designed to discourage you from getting an abortion
  3. You must wait 24 hours after the ultrasound and lecture before getting an abortion (this means you have to make two trips - this is required for the pill and for surgical abortions)
  4. If you are a minor, you must obtain parental consent or undergo judicial bypass
  5. Public funding for abortion is only available in cases of life endangerment, rape, or incest
Aug 19 '12

ipomoeandthestarstealers submitted:

This should be longer!  I was scared, it was unexpected and unwanted, but the PP in Olympia, WA was wonderful and compassionate when I came to them and had my pregnancy confirmed.  They first discussed options: carrying to term and adopting, carrying to term and actively parenting, or aborting.  They explained the assorted resources available to me based on my age/income bracket/etc in the area, and asked what kind of emotional/financial support I had from my parents (who did NOT know I was pregnant three weeks into my freshman year of college).  I explained that I wanted an abortion, and they discussed the financial situation with me, that I had to provide payment for it, whether with state vouchers for low-income medical care or out-of-pocket or insurance.  I had health insurance but was afraid to use it because my parents would find out.  I tried to get state assistance but was unable to do so due to my insurance and my parents’ income.  I didn’t know what I was going to do and I was unable to come up with the finances needed to abort.  Luckily (?) for me, I ended up miscarrying at approximately 11 weeks, which was far along enough that I needed to go to the ER and have a D&C at the local Catholic hospital (where the staff was, once again, compassionate and kind).  Eventually, the bill for the ER visit ended up at my parents’ house and the whole story came out, and they were sympathetic and my mom told me about how she’d had two abortions before deciding to have me.

I continued to use Planned Parenthood as my go-to for reproductive health resources even when I didn’t have insurance (thanks, Take Charge program!).  When I did have insurance, I still went, because the staff was so amazing.  When my husband and I decided to get pregnant, the nurse-practitioner at PP taught me how to track my cycle and my fertile days.  With what she taught me, I was able to get pregnant within two weeks of “trying”.  I now have a gorgeous and rowdy 14-month-old son, and I am still using the resources provided by Planned Parenthood staff to track my cycle and plan my next pregnancy.

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What an amazing story! Thank you so much for sharing!

(Take Charge is Washington’s Medicaid family planning program. I didn’t know there were different names, so I’m sure someone else out there didn’t, either.)

Aug 4 '12
Jun 28 '12

The court’s ruling on the Medicaid expansion makes today’s decision somewhat reminiscent of the Arizona immigration ruling – the court has left a depth charge inside its decision.

abaldwin360:

The Medicaid expansion would have offered health insurance coverage to 16 million people. Now states apparently can make up their own minds whether or not to accept the expansion – and that means if Florida, Texas and other big states knock it back, then there will be millions of Americans who will miss out on the benefits of the healthcare reforms.

On the Medicaid expansion: the court has ruled that the government can only offer a carrot in terms of higher funding, but not the stick of taking away all of a state’s Medicaid funding.

States have complained that the expansion costs them money, despite the extra funding they’ll receive. Now they can turn down the expansion, which offers the expansion of coverage to mainly low income people without health insurance.

We’ll need to see some analysis of the consequences of this decision, and which states may decide to snub their noses at the Medicaid expansion.

source

Jun 23 '12

Anonymous asked:

does arizona medical from the state-access- cover abortion

Are you asking about AHCCCS, Arizona’s Medicaid agency? It covers abortion services if the abortion is to preserve the life of the pregnant person, in the case of rape or incest, or if the pregnancy poses a non-life-threatening danger to the pregnant person’s mental or physical health.

You can read the details on ACCCHS’s website or on NARAL.

For everyone else, the Guttmacher Institute has newly-updated fact sheets on state policies:

Jun 19 '12
Jun 8 '12