Roe v Wade Supreme Court Decision Information

As Highmark Health evaluates the myriad of implications of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v Wade, we remain committed to working with federal officials, state policymakers, employer groups, and local health care leaders to respond to this changing landscape and provide coverage options that best meet the needs of health plan members, patients, and team members across our footprint on a state-by-state basis.

We have and will continue to act in accordance with the laws of the communities that we serve.

Through its diverse portfolio of businesses, Highmark Health is also committed to providing a complete range of high-quality health benefits and services to women at every stage of life, and that will not change with this decision.

Once we have determined the best path forward, within the letter of the law, we will provide guidance and continued support directly to our customers, health plan members, patients, and employees.

Please continue to check back here for updates.

I am scheduled for an abortion, what should I do?

You should consult with your physician and Highmark will comply with current local and state laws.

Can I pay out of pocket for an abortion?

Paying out of pocket is always an option for any service if facility accepts cash pay patients.

Can I use telehealth to talk to a doctor outside of my state who can prescribe abortion medications?

Coverage will be based on the state where the member is located at the time of service, not where the doctor is located.

I have Affordable Care Act (ACA), Medicare, or Medicaid health insurance coverage through Highmark, will abortions be covered for me?

By law, federally funded insurance plans are not permitted to cover abortions. Because ACA, Medicare, and Medicaid are federally funded, abortions will not be covered except for the following scenarios:

  • If the pregnancy is the result of an act of rape or incest; or
  • In the case where a woman suffers from a physical disorder, physical injury, or physical illness, including a life-endangering physical condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy itself, that would, as certified by a physician, place the woman in danger of death unless an abortion is performed.