Navigating All The Red Tape
Affordable Care Act issues
Despite the fact that the Affordable Care Act entitles new moms to breastfeeding support and supplies, many are running into roadblocks as they are trying to obtain their benefits such as:
- Not getting a breast pump that fits their needs - For example, some providers have decided that a manual pump is the best option for all moms. Others are offering low quality pumps that could even cause nipple trauma if they aren’t the right fit.
- Trying to navigate the system - Does new mom pay out of pocket? Will the provider pay? Does the new mom submit the paperwork?
- Misinformation - The language in the provision is quite vague. Because of this, many insurance plan representatives are unclear about the details of this benefit, resulting in miscommunication to the mother.
- Inefficient processes - Many new moms who try to take advantage of the Obamacare provision are given a list of durable medical equipment providers (DMEs) to call and find a breast pump. This could be as long 10 to 100 contacts that may or may not offer breast pumps.
Help in your corner
However, Pumping Essentials is now serving as a resource and point of contact for new moms who are trying to obtain their free breast pump. Pumping Essentials can translate what they’re actually eligible for under the Affordable Care Act when looking at their specific health insurance plan. Aiming to serve as the middle-man between new moms and their insurance provider, the organization's mission is to help mothers obtain the best breast pump for their individual needs bundled with the value-added accessory of a hands-free pumping bra -- a key tool that provides the convenience of being able to multi-task while pumping, which is so important to today’s busy mom.
Pumping Essentials has recently partnered with Isis Parenting, a prenatal and early parenting resource, to offer new moms "Pump Talk," an online program designed to educate breastfeeding mothers on the ins and outs of breastfeeding including expressing and storing milk, building a strong milk supply, nursing baby and preparing to return to work as a nursing mother.