IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING BREAST PUMPS Congratulations on your pregnancy! We here at Ministry St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital look forward to helping you navigate this exciting time in your life. As of August 1, 2012, The Affordable Care Act went into effect. This legislation requires most insurance companies to cover breastfeeding support and supplies. Since coverage can vary, we are asking that you contact your insurance company using the customer service number on the back of your card. We recommend checking your benefits sometime in the beginning of your 3rd trimester to ensure that everything is in place prior to delivery. Questions to ask your insurance provider: What type of pump can I get? (usually it will be a double electric pump) Do I have to get the “recommended” pump or can I choose to purchase one and submit the receipt for reimbursement? What is the coverage amount? When can I get my breast pump? Before I give birth or after? Do I require a prescription from my provider to get a pump? If yes, please ask the Lactation Consultant that will see you during your hospital stay for assistance. During your hospital stay, if needed, one of the certified Lactation Consultants will help you determine if you are eligible for a breast pump and complete the necessary paperwork. Since changes occur often on where to obtain a breast pump covered by insurance, your Lactation Consultant will help you determine where a breast pump can be obtained during your hospital stay. To avoid delay in getting a breast pump, we encourage you to call and check your insurance coverage prior to delivery. Ultimately this will be your responsibility but we would be happy to help you with this process.
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