As of August 2nd, 2012, the federal Affordable Care Act has expanded access to preventative care for women on insurance policies. These new provisions include many health services for women, including breast pumps and breastfeeding instruction for new mothers.
From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Healthcare.gov) pertaining to these new measures for women’s preventative care:
Breastfeeding support, supplies, and counseling: Pregnant and postpartum women will have access to comprehensive lactation support and counseling from trained providers, as well as breastfeeding equipment. Breastfeeding is one of the most effective preventive measures mothers can take to protect their health and that of their children. One of the barriers for breastfeeding is the cost of purchasing or renting breast pumps and nursing related supplies.
Will my insurance cover the cost of breast pumps?
These new measures will include your insurance coverage. New mothers with Medicaid are also eligible. However, the measures are unclear as to what kind of equipment must be provided (manual or automatic), or in the case of rentals, how long it is to be provided for. Some insurance plans will also likely require a copay for your breast pumps.
To know what your insurance provider makes available to you, call them directly. Alternately, contact us for recommendations or with questions about obtaining breast pump equipment under your specific insurance coverage. Our staff can help those with Medicaid, Healthlink, or Blue Cross Blue Shield, Missouri.
(Due to insurance contractual changes, we can only ship BCBS orders to a Missouri address. We are sorry for any inconvenience. If you have questions, please contact us at 1-800-950-6020.)
How can I get a breast pump from Nextra Health?
While there are many options of medical suppliers available to provide breast pump equipment, we are happy to help you obtain breast pump equipment under your insurance plan or Medicaid. Currently, we are providing breast pump equipment available from Medela. Our Maternity Breast Pumps page has more information about these specific supplies available to you.
To get started:
- Contact Nextra Health at 1-800-950-6020 (Mon-Fri, 9am – 5:30pm)
- Visit our insurance page to download the forms and patient packet.
- Complete the forms and send them to us via email (scanned), fax or postage mail.
- Once we receive your paperwork, we’ll ensure you’re covered, process your order, and ship your breast pump equipment to you.