About the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

 

 

As of August, 2012, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA or "Obamacare") mandates that insurance companies must provide coverage for breastfeeding support, counseling, and supplies (such as pumps, pump supplies, and anything that helps a mother breastfeed) without co-payments. Here are websites to learn more about the new law:

   

    healthcare.gov
    hrsa.gov/womensguidelines
    healthcare.gov/news/factsheets/2011/08
    womensprevention08012011a.html

 

Each health care insurance company is responsible for determining how this coverage will be implemented, so you'll need to contact your health care insurance provider to learn how they will cover the costs of your lactation support and supplies. Many insurance providers are limiting coverage to in-network providers. This means that while they may be complying with the law in providing full coverage for breastfeeding services and supplies, they may require that those services and supplies be provided by in-network providers who have agreed to provide the services and supplies at the rates that they dictate. In many cases, these rates are 1/4-1/3 of the standard (already low) rates normally charged by lactation consultants.