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When I had my daughter 3 years ago I wasn’t able to breastfeed because my milk came out too fast and she would end up choking, but I didn’t want to give her formula, so we rented a hospital grade breast pump for $60 a month. Pricey, right? At the time I didn’t even think to see if my health insurance would cover the expenses of a breast pump and I don’t even know if that was something that was available 3 years ago. Thanks to Obama and the Affordable Care Act, preventive services that have strong scientific evidence of their health benefits, such as breastfeeding, must be covered and plans can no longer charge a patient a co-payment, co-insurance or deductible for these services.
This is such a wonderful thing for breast feeding and pumping moms! With the new act in place you should be able to get help with classes and the cost of a breast pump. Of course every insurance is different and you should contact yours to make sure that they cover pumps. I already checked with mine and it’s covered at 100%, but I have to go through a Durable Medical Equipment company, physician, or hospital to get my pump and from what I’ve seen on mom forums this is pretty standard.
The Ameda®, Inc. Purely Yours® Personal Double Electric Breast Pump combines hospital-recommended technology and mom-friendly features. It’s perfect for mothers working full-time and for those who want a fast and easy breast-pumping experience. This comfortable and effective breast pump motor weighs only 1 lb. Ask your insurance if this is a pump you can receive!
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When we had our son in Nov 2013 I was able to get a breast pump through our healthcare insurance. It was an amazing benefit and all I needed was a prescription once our son was born and filled out some forms.
We recently had a little girl in August of 2015 and the process was a lot easier. I called our insurance and got a list of places I could order from online. I went to their websites and found one with the pump I wanted (Medela), filled out the online order form, and I had my pump a couple weeks later. With our son he had to be born first and I needed a prescription. This time around I was able to get it a few weeks before baby was born and no prescription was needed. If you have ANY QUESTIONS – Call your healthcare insurance and talk to them. Most of them are required to provide you a pump and from talking with other moms, different plans offer different pumps. Some moms are only getting a single hand pump, while other moms are getting double electric pumps.