Expectant Mothers Might Be Able to Save a Little Money

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:

  • Some plans cover only a fraction of the cost.
  • Some plans require a prescription, while others do not.
  • Some plans are grandfathered and don't cover breast pumps at all.

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!

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About the Author...
Crystal Galny
Crystal Galny anchors News 3 at Noon and hosts MomsEveryday.com. A true hometown girl, Crystal was born and raised in Bryan and graduated from Bryan High School.
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