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Preparing for Your Abortion Visit in Minnesota

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Your Doctor Phone Call is Required by MN State Law

  • The call with a doctor must be completed at least 24 hours before your abortion appointment. During this call, the doctor will give you specific information required by MN state law
    • The call will take about 5 minutes – have a pen/paper with you
  • The call will come from a blocked/private number – make sure your phone can accept calls from blocked/private numbers
  • The phone call will not come at the exact time of your appointment – be ready to take the call up to 15 minutes before and after your scheduled time
  • If you miss this doctor phone call for any reason, your abortion appointment will be cancelled, and you will need to to schedule a new phone call and abortion appointment

 

What to Expect Next

  • After your doctor call is complete, Patient Services will call you to set-up a Pre-Appointment Call and confirm your patient record is accurate and up to date
  • What is a Pre-Appointment Call and why is it important?
    • This is a fifteen-minute phone call with a nurse to prepare you and us for your visit
    • It will save you time at the health center by making sure you are totally ready, and all our information is accurate
    • The nurse will
      • answer any questions you have
      • gather your health history
      • provide information about your procedure and birth control options

 

Appointment Instructions & What to Expect at the Health Center

  • Do plan to be at the health center for 4 – 6 hours
  • Do wear a cloth mask or face covering
  • Do eat a light meal before your appointment and bring a snack and beverage with you
  • Do take any medications you use on a regular basis (prescription or over the counter) like normal, unless our nurses tell you not to
  • Do not use any street drugs or alcohol for 24 hours before your appointment
  • Do not come to your appointment if you have a fever, cough, shortness of breath or were exposed to COVID-19 in the last two weeks
    • Please call us to reschedule and talk about your symptoms/exposure
  • Do read the Mild or Moderate Sedation instructions below if you are interested in that option
  • Bring a government issued photo ID
  • Bring your insurance and pharmacy cards
  • Bring payment in cash, MasterCard, Visa, Discover or American Express
  • Our parking ramp has designated patient parking. If you are driving, please park there
    • If those spots are full, you may park in any open spot
  • You might see protesters on the sidewalk at our health center; you do not have to talk to them
  • Please do not bring any guests or children with you to your appointment; right now, we can only allow patients in the health center based on best practices to reduce the spread of COVID-19
  • We will take your temperature before you check-in for your appointment; this is to confirm you do not have a fever - if you do have a fever, a cough or shortness of breath we will reschedule your appointment

 

Insurance & Payment Information

  • Minnesota Medical Assistance will cover the cost of your procedure in full if it is active on the day of your appointment
  • MinnesotaCare will cover the cost of lab work and an ultrasound
    • Please call us at 800-268-9150 to talk about what your out of pocket cost will be
  • If you have commercial insurance, please contact your insurance company - ask if elective abortion is a benefit of your plan and whether you have a deductible or co-pay
    • A $300 deposit will be requested at check-in
  • If you are self-pay, please bring proof of income for the last 30 days with to your appointment
    • Call us at 800-268-9150 to talk about self-pay pricing
    • Payment is due at check-in
  • Concerned about payment? Have questions about insurance? We are here to help.

 

Mild or Moderate Sedation Instructions

  • You need a support person with you who can stay at the center for your entire appointment and take you home afterward; you will not be able to drive after getting sedation
    • If you are taking public transit or a cab/Lyft/Uber, your support person must still be at the center for the entire appointment and be with you on the ride home
    • Your support person will
      • need to wear a cloth mask or face covering
      • have their temperature taken and be free of fever, cough, or shortness of breath
  • Please increase your fluid intake one to two days before your procedure
  • Please remove all facial and oral jewelry before coming to your appointment