Illinois has very few abortion access restrictions.
In 2019, Illinois passed the Reproductive Health Act which gives each person a fundamental right to make individual decisions about their own reproductive health. This includes the fundamental right to use or refuse reproductive health care, including contraception (i.e. birth control), sterilization, abortion, birthing decisions, and maternity care.
Illinois Medicaid pays for abortion services. Coverage is also available for patients dual-enrolled in Illinois Medicaid and Illinois Medicare.
Illinois does not have mandatory waiting periods, ultrasound requirements, false counseling requirements, or other medically unnecessary restrictions on abortion access.
PPIL has a discounted self-pay price for patients who come with a clinically acceptable ultrasound report and any other necessary testing from an outside facility, e.g. a Planned Parenthood affiliate in a state that has restricted abortion.
Yes, PPIL has a team of patient navigators that can assist with financial, transportation, and other logistical barriers to accessing care. Patients will be asked about their needs and can be connected with navigators when scheduling an appointment.
We also work closely with abortion funds throughout the Midwest region. More information on state-based funds can be found here: ppil.org/abfunds.
Please see the sample visit summary. We have highlighted the items that are most important to PPIL to have clearly documented. If one of your patients comes to PPIL with this type of summary, we can avoid re-testing and give the discounted price.
PPIL offers a range of sedation options from local to deep sedation depending on gestational age, patient preference, and CRNA or APN availability. The most frequently offered sedation options are local sedation, moderate (twilight) sedation, or Valium minimal sedation.
Please tell the patients you refer to us and who want sedation to have a guest and to be NPO.
We will allow people to have sedation without a guest if they get here and don’t have one, but prefer if they do have a guest. Patients who have had sedation may NOT drives themselves. They will be allowed to take a ride share or taxi without a guest.
At this time, all patients receiving moderate or deep sedation MUST be NPO, regardless of gestational age.
PPIL currently uses Epic EMR. If you're referring from another Epic-enabled practice, we recommend encouraging patients to grant us access to their medical records through the CareEverywhere functionality. This consent will also be verified as part of their intake process at PPIL. Additionally, our communication with patients is facilitated through Epic’s MyChart patient portal. This portal allows us to answer questions, share lab results, and assist in scheduling appointments.
If testing is needed, patients may come to the health center to receive the testing and pick up medications at that time, or obtain testing elsewhere and then have medications mailed to them at an Illinois address.
If no further testing is needed, patients can choose to have medications mailed to them at an Illinois address or pick them up at a health center.