Abortion In Obamacare


Names of Insurance Carriers and Their Elective-Abortion Coverage:

  1. Medica Insurance Company (27): Plans do not cover elective abortion. (2020 plan documents)
  2. Wellmark Health Plan of Iowa, Inc. (4): Plans do not cover elective abortion. (2020 plan documents)
  3. Wellmark Value Health Plan, Inc. (4): Plans do not cover elective abortion. (2020 plan documents)


There are 35 Individual plans offered by 3 insurance carriers for 2020 on the Iowa exchange. As in previous years, 100% of the Individual and Family plans on the Iowa exchange exclude elective abortion from coverage. 

In 2019, Iowa added two new carriers, Wellmark Health Plan of Iowa and Wellmark Value Health Plan.

In 2018, there were 18 Individual plans offered by one insurance carrier for 2018 on the Iowa exchange. Three insurance carriers exited the marketplace from 2017 (Aetna Health of Iowa, Inc.; Gundersen Health Plans, Inc.; and Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield).

In 2018, 0% of plans on the federally-facilitated marketplace in Iowa covered elective abortion.

If you have any questions about abortion and Iowa’s healthcare options, email us at info@obamacareabortion.com.  


Exchange is part of the Federally-Facilitated Marketplace (F) or State-Run (S): F

Website: https://www.healthcare.gov

State Exchange Elective Abortion Opt-Out: No

Number of 2020 Insurance Carriers: 3

  • Total Number of Plans: 35
  • Number of Plans that Cover Elective Abortion: 0
  • Number of Plans that Do Not Cover Elective Abortion: 35
  • Number of Plans with Unknown Coverage: 0


Red= Covers elective abortion

Orange= Some plans cover elective abortion/Unknown

Green= Does not cover elective abortion

*Bold denotes that this Insurance Carrier is new to the 2020 Marketplace


General news regarding abortion coverage in Obamacare can be found here.


Des Moines Register: Iowa College Wins Legal Fight Against Obamacare Birth-Control Rule(June 14, 2018)

Healthinsurance.org: Most Iowans have insurance, but individual market could be further destabilized by Farm Bureau plans (April 2, 2018)

Des Moines Register: Wellmark to sell Iowa Affordable Care Act Insurance in 2019 (Feb. 8, 2018)

Washington Examiner:  Iowa's Obamacare plans stabilize for 2019 (June 20, 2018)


New York Times: Iowa Withdraws Request to Leave Obamacare Market (October 23, 2017)

New York Times: Iowa’s Largest Insurer Says It Will Withdraw From Obamacare Exchanges (April 3, 2017)

Healthinsurance.org: UnitedHealthcare exiting, Wellmark joining (September 28, 2016)

Des Moines Register: United Healthcare Plans to Exit Iowa Marketplace (April 25, 2016)

Healthinsurance.org: Shop around! Many new plan options coming to the exchange (October 6, 2015)

The Daily Signal: How Obamacare Funds the Nation’s Largest Abortion Provider (Sept. 29, 2014)

The Hill- Planned Parenthood to get ObamaCare 'navigator' funds (August 15, 2013)

National Review Online: Abortion in the Obamacare Exchanges (Dec. 4, 2013)