State health insurance does not pay for abortion.
Idaho’s free state health insurance program (Idaho Medicaid) does not pay for abortion unless the procedure is necessary to save a person's life, or the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest. NWAAF is not aware of any case in which a person was able to get Idaho Medicaid to pay for an abortion.
Other options for abortion funding
Contact your abortion clinic to see if help is available through the clinic.
Northwest Abortion Access Fund
For financial help from NWAAF, please call our hotline at 1-866-NWAAF10 (1-866-692-2310).
Funding is limited, and we cannot guarantee help to every caller. Vouchers are sent directly to the abortion clinic.
When you call our hotline, 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 return your call within 48 hours, Monday – Friday.
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 (1-866-692-2310) and choose option 3 from the menu.
Abortion law in Idaho
Medicaid and insurance
- Idaho Medicaid (state health insurance) does not cover abortion under state law.
- Under Idaho law, most private insurance plans do not cover abortion. To get private insurance coverage for abortion, you must pay a separate monthly premium.
Waiting period and informed consent
- Idaho has a mandatory 24-hour waiting period. This means you have to visit the clinic two times. The first time, you must go to a mandatory “informed consent” appointment, which includes an ultrasound. Then you have to wait 24 hours before coming back for the abortion procedure.
- At your informed consent appointment, your doctor must:
- Offer you an image of the pregnancy on an ultrasound machine
- Give you a pamphlet, created by the state of Idaho, that includes information on:
- Embryonic and fetal development
- Services available to help during pregnancy, childbirth, and while a child is under age 18, including adoption services
- Abortion procedures and what they involve
- The risks associated with abortion procedures (which are small compared to the risks of giving birth)
- Idaho has a parental consent law. It requires written consent from one parent before a minor (person under age 18) can get an abortion.
- If you are a minor and not able to get parental consent, you can get a medical emergency declaration from a doctor. But the doctor is required by law to inform your parents after the abortion is performed.
- If you are a minor and not able to talk to your parents about the abortion, you can go before a judge and get what’s called a judicial bypass. The judge will not inform your parents about the abortion.
- A minor who is able to travel to Washington or Oregon for an abortion does not have to get parental consent.