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Free state health insurance to pay for abortion (Medicaid)


Alaska has a state health insurance program (called Medicaid or DenaliCare) that pays for most health care services, including abortion. Depending on your income, you could qualify for this free health coverage. Only Alaska residents who are U.S. citizens qualify. Undocumented immigrants do not qualify.

Alaska Medicaid pays for travel to Washington state for second trimester abortion care, which is not available in Alaska.

Who can qualify for Medicaid (DenaliCare)

  • People within certain income limits
  • Minors who are able to get help from parents or guardians to apply
  • U.S. citizens 
  • Legal permanent residents of at least five years
  • Alaska residents

Who does not qualify for Medicaid (DenaliCare)

  • People with other health insurance plans
  • Legal permanent residents of fewer than five years
  • Undocumented immigrants 
  • People who do not have Alaska residency

How to apply

Apply online or visit your local public assistance office, where in-person application help is available if you need it.

Northwest Abortion Access Fund

For financial help from NWAAF, please call our helpline at 1-866-NWAAF10 (1-866-692-2310) or fill out our online form. If your appointment is in the next 36 hours, please opt to call the helpline.

Funding is limited, and we cannot guarantee help to every caller. Vouchers are sent directly to the abortion clinic.  

When you call our helpline, please be prepared to leave a message with:  

  • Your name and how to spell it
  • Phone number, including area code
  • How far along you are in the pregnancy
  • The date and location of your abortion appointment
  • The best time to call you back    

Our trained volunteer advocates will follow up within 48 hours.

Traveling for an abortion?

If you're traveling for abortion care, and need help with lodging and/or transportation, the Abortion Access Network may be able to help. To learn more, contact NWAAF at 1-866-NWAAF10 and choose option 3 from the menu or fill out our online form.

Abortion law in Alaska

  • Anchorage (up to 17 weeks and 6 days).
  • Fairbanks and Juneau are first trimester only (up to 13 weeks and 6 days).
  • Alaska has a state health insurance program (called Medicaid or DenaliCare) that pays for most health care services, including abortion. 
  • Alaska requires a brief counseling session before the procedure, intended to discourage you from having an abortion. 
  • Patients are required to complete an informed consent form and read over the State of Alaska DHSS website.
  • There are no waiting periods.
  • Minors do not need parental consent before getting an abortion but can get a judicial bypass.