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Old 10-15-2008, 11:14 PM   #21
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United Health Care paid 90% of the cost of my Lactina rental after DD was born. The LC even took care of the legwork for me to get it covered so I wouldn't have to worry about doing it myself!

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Old 10-16-2008, 12:39 AM   #22
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With DS, insurance covered the rental of a medela symphony. With DD, I was provided with medela double electric pump (which is essentially a pump in style with a less fancy carrying bag) for free. With both kids, I was covered by medical assistance, and both were preemies (5 and 6 weeks early) but came home within 3 days.. not sure if that affected coverage or not. But its certainly worth looking into. This time around, I'll just use my medela pump unless we end up with a lengthy NICU stay.. in that case I'll need to rent a hospital grade pump, but Im sure it'll be covered while he's in NICU.
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Old 10-16-2008, 07:09 PM   #23
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Can I ask you how long they covered the rental fees....
I returned it after about 4 months because my milk had completely dried up by that point.. but they covred it for that long, and I guessing they would have covred it longer if I needed it.
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Old 10-17-2008, 07:37 AM   #24
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We lucked out this time on a pump too - 100% coverage of any pump as DME - planning to get the Medela PIS advanced. It was a happy suprise as our insurance with DD#1 would pay 100% of any manual pump or $50 toward an electric.
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Old 10-17-2008, 08:13 AM   #25
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United Health Care paid 90% of the cost of my Lactina rental after DD was born. The LC even took care of the legwork for me to get it covered so I wouldn't have to worry about doing it myself!
We have United Health Care too. How did you find out about them covering the pump for you? I am trying to find out so I can get one before my twins are born. If they don't, then we will just use our health savings account and see if they will reimburse us for it.
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Old 10-17-2008, 08:29 AM   #26
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Here you go, mama!

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TRICARE may cover electric hospital-grade breast pumps for premature infants who meet certain criteria. The breast pump may be covered for use in the hospital, and in certain cases, if the physician can prove medical necessity, for home use.

TRICARE does not cover:

* Electric hospital-grade breast pumps for convenience
* Basic electric breast pumps
* Manual breast pumps
phooey to you tricare!!

I guess i'll find out from WIC if they offer any around here. It would save us so much seeing as we still need to buy a crib! I know grandma is sending us some money for one, but i'd love to use it for a crib for Mia instead..
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Old 10-17-2008, 09:24 AM   #27
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We have United Health Care too. How did you find out about them covering the pump for you? I am trying to find out so I can get one before my twins are born. If they don't, then we will just use our health savings account and see if they will reimburse us for it.
I had to call CS to find out! I couldn't find it by looking at the info on the internet, then also had to find out specifically who to buy it from so that it would be covered. That was a bit of a hassle since the names and places that they gave me did not carry pumps (carried other types of DME). Luckily there is a home health company that contracts through our hospital, so I will be able to get the pump when I deliver from the hospital and they will take care of all the billing!!

We have United, but DH's employer contracts for very good policies - so we tend to have coverage that others with United don't always have.

Mine is covered 100% (after the deductible that we have already met) - so depending on your policy and when it is billed may affect how much you pay!
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anyone have luck with bcbs ppo covering pump rental or purchase?? i just called and they said they don't cover it but they have given me incorrect benefits before. i would hate to get stuck with a $1600 bill for a pump esp with allof the other medical bills we will be getting from the babies & my care.
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Kristin, I would call again, and see if you get a different answer, or talk to a manager
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Kristin, I would call again, and see if you get a different answer, or talk to a manager
I am going through my insurance benefits book right now......the guy on the phone answered no a little too quickly that it makes me suspicious. I hate this insurance...they don't cover squat.
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