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ForwardHealth: Limited Abortion Coverage

There are some situations when Medicaid or BadgerCare Plus may pay to end a pregnancy. That includes paying for office visits and related services.

This may happen if one of these is true:

  • The abortion is needed to save the person’s life.
  • The pregnancy was the result of incest or an assault. If it was an assault, it must be reported to police.
  • The pregnancy will cause serious harm to the person’s physical health.

The person seeking an abortion must have a signed, written statement from a doctor.

More resources

If you’d like more information on abortion coverage:

  • Call ForwardHealth Member Services at 800-362-3002 between 8 a.m.–6 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • If you’re enrolled in a Medicaid HMO (health maintenance organization), contact them for information on how and where you can get an abortion.

If you’re a doctor looking for more information, you can read the Provider Handbook.


Last revised January 11, 2023