Getting Your Breast Pump Through Insurance
Hello, my name is Amanda Cole and I am the owner of Yummy Mummy, a company dedicated to All Things Breastfeeding.
At Yummy Mummy, we ship hundreds of breast pumps every day to moms throughout the country who are covered for a breast pump under their insurance plan, usually as part of the Affordable Care Act. Now, there is still a lot of confusion out there about how to obtain a breast pump through insurance, so I wanted to take a moment and help you navigate what can be a very challenging process to some moms.
Under the Affordable Care Act, most insurance plans are required to cover preventative services for women, including a breast pump, and usually with no cost to the mom. Now coverage varies widely, not only from one insurance carrier to the next, but also from one plan to the next. Some plans will offer a mom a double electric breast pump, while other plans will offer them a manual pump, some moms have a choice between both. Some plans might only offer a hospital-grade pump for rent, and usually they will require you to have a prescription showing some sort of medical necessity. Some plans might require a prescription for any type of pump.
Another difference: when you can get your pump. Some moms can get a pump at any point during their pregnancy, other moms will have to wait until 30 days before their due date, and some moms can’t get a pump until they have actually delivered.
The great news is the breast pumps that you get under your insurance plans are the same exact pumps you would buy in a store. Now, they might not have all the bells and whistles, the freezer bag or the tote as you would buy at the store, but what is important -- the motor, the mechanics, the functionality of the pump -- is 100% identical.
Now one of the major misconceptions out there is that you can purchase your insurance pump or get your insurance pump at any retail store and that simply is not true. Most insurance plans require you to work with an in-network provider, such as Yummy Mummy. We are the largest durable medical equipment provider in the country specializing in breast pumps.
So what are your next steps?
- You’re going to call your insurance provider.
- Ask them which pumps you might be eligible for and whether you need a prescription and at which point during your pregnancy they can ship you the pump.
- You are then going to call an in-network durable medical equipment provider and order your breast pump.
At Yummy Mummy we are in network with over 25 insurance plans so chances are we'll be able to help you get a breast pump you need with as little hassle as possible.
So congratulations to all of you expectant and new moms. This is a really exciting time in your life and we hope we can help you. So give us a call or visit us online at yummymummystore.com. Your home for All Things Breastfeeding.