With my son being born in September I started doing some research on how to get a breast pump at no cost to me. After calling my insurance company and learning how to do this, I decided to share with you all How to Get a Free Breast Pump Through Your Insurance Company.
Before I get started on details, let me tell you that each insurance company will differ on the type of breast pumps and amount of the breast pump they will cover. Under the affordable health care act insurance companies are now supposed to provide breast feeding support and equipment at no additional cost. You can read more about that here.
Here is how to get your Free Breast Pump:
- Call your insurance company and ask what they cover. My insurance company told me they will cover select brands and it has to through a medical equipment supplier.
- Once you’ve found a medical equipment supplier in your area, make sure to talk to someone and ask if they accept your insurance. Sometimes these companies will take it over for you and do all the necessary paperwork for you. If they don’t proceed to the next steps.
- Contact your OBGYN and ask he/she to provide you a written prescription for a breast pump. It works just like a normal prescription but often times it’s needed to fulfill your breast pump request.
- Provide the prescription to the medical equipment company you contacted in step 2. Some insurance companies will provide a breast pump before the baby is born and others won’t provide it until after. Either way, you will be receiving your breast pump at no additional cost.
To help you get started you can visit the Medela Website and search for participating insurance companies and the types of breast pumps they will cover.
You can also head over to the Babies R Us Website and they have partnered with the NR (National Rehab) to provide breast pumps to moms. They actually do all the work for you. You simply call them and give them your insurance information and they do the rest. Once they receive what types of pumps are covered, they contact you and ask which one you want and mail it straight to you! I just called and they are already on it for me!
Make sure you spread the word about this awesome program so it can encourage other moms to breastfeed their babies.