Will South Dakota Medicaid Pay for the Abortion Pill?

Weighing your pregnancy options is never easy, but having information on all three: parenting, adoption, and abortion can help. One major factor in any life decision is the financial cost.

Keep reading to learn how much the abortion pill costs, and if it’s covered by South Dakota Medicaid.

How Much Does the Abortion Pill Cost?

The abortion pill is a set of two drugs (mifepristone and misoprostol) used for pregnancy termination in women ten weeks pregnant or less. These two drugs come in different forms and dosages, but the average cost is around $400 to $500 without insurance coverage.

This cost does not include physician visits before or after the procedure, or any additional procedures that could be necessary. One risk of the abortion pill is an incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed up by surgical abortion. This can increase costs significantly.

Will South Dakota Medicaid Pay for the Abortion Pill?

South Dakota Medicaid will only pay for abortion in cases of life endangerment. This is unique to South Dakota, as many other states will also provide funding for abortion for rape and incest.

According to UCSF Health, only 6 to 8 percent of all pregnancies experience high-risk complications. The vast majority of women will not face life endangerment during their pregnancies. This means the likelihood of South Dakota Medicaid covering the abortion pill is very small.

What Does South Dakota Medicaid Pay For?

Even though South Dakota Medicaid doesn’t cover most abortion costs, pregnant women who meet income and resource limits and eligibility guidelines can qualify for limited or full medical coverage. 

What’s My Next Step?

If you’re concerned about your finances during an unexpected pregnancy, we can help by providing free services, including pregnancy tests, STD tests, limited ultrasounds, and abortion information.

If you had a positive at-home pregnancy test, but haven’t had an ultrasound done yet, this is your next best step. An ultrasound will tell you how far along you are, if you have a progressing pregnancy, and the location of the pregnancy to ensure it’s not ectopic. 

Schedule your appointment at Alpha Center today, and keep moving forward. We’re here for you.

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