By Chass Armstrong
What’s my insurance company’s coverage plan for Breastfeeding Support? If you are expecting a baby, you may be asking yourself this exact question. If you are with Blue Cross Blue Shield, this answer could be a bit more difficult to answer. Unlike other insurance companies, BCBS is owned by 37 independently owned member companies, a federal program, and an association which serves across the United States.
This means that Blue Cross Blue Shield’s services do vary from state to state regarding what type of coverage you will get for breastfeeding support among other health related needs. Though there can be a wide variance in how much coverage each individual Blue Cross Blue Shield plan will provide for breastfeeding support, under the Affordable Care Act, health insurance plans must provide breastfeeding support for mothers. With that in mind, you can rest assured you will be covered. Even though not all BCBS breastfeeding support coverage is the same, they are consistently scored high.
According to the National Breastfeeding Center, out of their top 5 highest rated insurance coverage plans, Blue Cross Blue Shield took 4 of those spots! So you are likely to be in good hands with BCBS for breastfeeding coverage.
As an example of what a Blue Cross Blue Shield breastfeeding coverage plan looks like, here is what BCBS of North Carolina offers for 2014-2015:
• Comprehensive lactation support and counsel by a trained provider.
• One Manual or Electric breast pump purchase per delivery. (available after delivery)
• Breast pump accessories such as tubing, shields, and bottles are all also covered.
• Breast pumps MUST be purchased by a DME (such as Aeroflow Healthcare)
If you currently have Blue Cross Blue Shield and are curious about what they cover, feel free to give us a call today at 844-867-9890. Our representatives will help guide you through this process so that we can find the best solution for your breastfeeding needs. If you prefer, you can also see if you qualify for a breast pump through insurance here. We look forward to hearing from you!