No matter how you feel about the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, there's one benefit most new moms can't dispute: free breast pump!
After nursing two children, my breast pump was kaput. As I started to shop for a new one for our third child, I was quickly reminded how expensive they are, costing upwards of $300.
A girlfriend told me that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) covered breast pumps, so I looked into it. Sure enough, according to HealthCare.gov, "your health insurance plan must cover the cost of a breast pump - and may offer to cover either a rental or a new one for you to keep." By doing so, the ACA is recognizing breastfeeding and its undeniable preventative health benefits to both mother and baby.
I called our insurance company and they confirmed that they would cover up to $200 for a breast pump and gave me a list of providers. I found the pump I wanted on the provider's website, which retails in stores for $300, but was under the $200 limit since it was from an insurance provider. I ordered it online and received the pump a few days later, free of charge and shipping costs. Wow...what a blessing!
I will warn you that every insurance plan is different, according to HealthCare.gov:
So be sure to call your insurance provider and check out the link provided here.
Hope this helps expectant mothers aiming to save a little money. It certainly helped me!