The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is the health insurance reform legislation signed into law that requires health plans to cover preventive services at no cost. 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 copayment, coinsurance or deductible for these services.
Recently the Supreme Court upheld the majority of the Affordable Care Act. Under Preventive Services for Women, provisions require health plans to cover breastfeeding services and supplies without cost-sharing (i.e. no co-payment). Many health plans will need to implement this change with the first plan/policy year that begins on or after August 1, 2012.1