Help! Why does my insurance only cover manual breastpumps? This is a common question the Breastpump Specialists at Aeroflow Healthcare are asked daily. While a large percentage of insurance companies do cover double electric breastpumps, there are still a lot of plans out there that do not. This can cause a lot of confusion and frustration for mothers who are trying to maneuver through the process of getting a breastpump through insurance.
Passed in 2010, the Affordable Care Act puts consumers back in charge of their healthcare. A portion of the ACA is directed towards breastfeeding moms and now most insurance companies are now required to provide breastfeeding support and services for pregnant or nursing women. Depending on your plan you might even be eligible for these benefits at little to no cost. Although this is a great benefit for pregnant and nursing women, it has raised many questions and caused some confusion.
So how exactly does the ACA influence my breastpump coverage? What types of breastpumps are covered? How long can I keep my breastpump? Is a breastpump purchase or a rental covered? Why does my insurance only cover manual breastpumps? I’m sure you’ve been wondering these same questions. If your insurance only covers manual breastpumps it is simply because the law is quite vague in regards to what exactly breastfeeding support and services encompasses, leaving quite a bit of room for interpretation by each insurance provider. It does not give specific answers to the questions above, especially surrounding the type of breastpump your provider is required to cover. Therefore, all insurance companies are not obligated to supply a specific type of breastpump such as double electric breastpumps. Many insurance providers believe by covering a basic manual breastpump they will be fulfilling your breastfeeding needs.
If you’ve found out your insurance plan will only cover a manual breastpump you still have options. Aeroflow Healthcare is a DME, or Durable Medical Equipment provider, which means we are a cheaper alternative if you choose to buy a breastpump not covered by your insurance. If you go this route it is important to note that some insurance plans will permit you to use the cost of a manual breastpump towards the purchase of an electric breastpump.
If you’re asking yourself, “why does my insurance only cover manual breastpumps”, we hope this article helped provide some clarification. At Aeroflow Healthcare we are committed to the continuing education and awareness of the Affordable Care Act and breastfeeding. Because of this we want to help you verify your benefits and see which breastpump your insurance will cover. We will do all of the work for you, making this process a little bit easier for you while you’re tending to the bigger task at hand, taking care of your growing family! Head over to the Qualify Through Insurance form on our website or give us a call at 844-867-9890 and let’s get started! We look forward to hearing from you soon!