Affordable Care Act
Recent US federal government legislation and government-funded programs help breastfeeding be more accessible to mothers and babies.
Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, breastfeeding services and supplies are covered without cost sharing in health plans starting August 1, 2012. Learn more about coverage guidelines and durable medical equipment suppliers partnering with Ameda® who support this breast pump insurance benefit.
ACA and Insurance Plan Coverage Q & As
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
It is important to understand that each health care insurance plan will determine their specific lactation support and services, as well as breast pumps and supplies. Please consult your health plan provider to find out your coverage.
You may also want to check with your health insurance provider for their preventive services policy.
2. Institute of Medicine. (2011). Clinical preventative services for women: Closing the gaps. Retrieved from http://www.iom.edu/Reports/2011/Clinical-Preventive-Services-for-Women-Closing-the-Gaps/
3. HealthCare.gov. (2012). Affordable care act rules on expanding access to preventative services for women. Retrieved from http://www.healthcare.gov/news/factsheets/2011/08/womensprevention08012011a.html