Low-Income Women's Access to Abortion
Connecticut allows women eligible for state medical assistance for general health care to obtain public funds for abortion. Dep't of Soc. Servs., Health Care Fin. Div., Managed Care Organizations, Policy Transmittal No. MS 96-07 (1996); Conn. Dep't of Soc. Servs., Conn. Medical Assistance Program, Physician Servs. Regulation/Policy, Ch. 7 § 173.IV (Oct. 1, 1999) at http://www.ctmedicalprogram.com/prmanuals/ch7physician.pdf. See also Conn. Op. Att'y Gen. No. 1998-022 (Nov. 16, 1998); Ct. Medicaid Provider Manual, www.ctdssmap.com.
A court held that a policy restricting the state medical assistance program from covering medically necessary abortion services except in cases of life endangerment, rape, or incest violates the Connecticut constitution by providing coverage for other medically necessary services, but not abortion. Doe v. Maher, 515 A.2d 134 (Conn. Super. Ct. 1986).