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Old 06-17-2008, 06:29 PM   #1
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Did you know your insurance may pay for a breast pump?

I am scheduled for my c-section next week and I had a friend tell me her insurance paid for half of her breast pump. I had no idea! I rented one when I had the twins and had planned on buying one this go around cause I hated the one I rented.

Anyway, I called my insurance today (Blue Cross/Blue Sheild of GA) and they cover breast pumps 100% as long as you buy it from a PPO provider. Which means when I have the baby next week I can request a breast pump from the hospital pharmacy and my insurance will pay 100% for it!

I just wanted to share!

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Old 06-17-2008, 07:56 PM   #2
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Re: Did you know your insurance may pay for a breast pump?

yep my old ins. covered pumps up to $250. Not all do, though. We were moving when I was 8mo pg, and our new ins. didn't cover it so I had the Dr. write an Rx for the pump before we moved and bought it early under the old ins
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Old 06-17-2008, 08:33 PM   #3
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No way!!! I wonder if military insurance would cover one hmmm......thanks for sahring mama!
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Old 06-17-2008, 08:46 PM   #4
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Re: Did you know your insurance may pay for a breast pump?

That is really cool, Ill have to remember that for next time! Also, I got a hand pump from WIC, not as good I guess but better than nothing if you need one . Luckily I never had to pump.
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Old 06-18-2008, 08:30 AM   #5
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Re: Did you know your insurance may pay for a breast pump?

It didn't even cross my mind to find out! Thanks for sharing!
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Old 06-18-2008, 09:09 AM   #6
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Re: Did you know your insurance may pay for a breast pump?

I hoped and prayed mine would. I checked into it while pregnant and they said they do if it is medically necessary. After checking with pediatrician they said we didn't really qualify. Under my insurance I think it meant something like baby is unable to nurse, in NICU, etc. Some companies have more stringent guidelines.
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Old 06-18-2008, 09:50 AM   #7
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Re: Did you know your insurance may pay for a breast pump?

Basically you have to get your OB/midwife to write a script for one. Mine did and I got what the medical supply company had, a regular Pump In Style, for $50. (Dd was in the NICU so we had a script for a hospital-grade pump rental before that, which was totally covered, but this was just a regular pump. My last doctor wrote me a script for a pump for dd1 and she had no medical issues. I just had to stop bfing at 2 weeks .)
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Neat! I need a more efficient pump, and I have BCBS, so I'll give them a call. Thanks!
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Re: Did you know your insurance may pay for a breast pump?

Mine covered my Medela PISA LE last year..my copay was about $60 for a $350 pump! I was so happy! They even delivered it to my house for free the same day!
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Old 06-18-2008, 08:25 PM   #10
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Re: Did you know your insurance may pay for a breast pump?

yes, my insurance Kaiser paid for most of a pump rental and they even brought the pump to me at the hospital. It cost me only $8 per month to rent and I could keep it for 2 months. It's a hospital grade Medela (Lactina i think it was) and is normally about $40 a month to rent.
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