Friday, June 29, 2012

Breastfeeding moms win with the Affordable Care Act

Unless you were completely cut off from all media yesterday, you probably heard that the U.S. Supreme Court made one of the biggest decisions of the year for families in America. It upheld the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and that means great things for breastfeeding moms.

This ruling removes all doubt that the Affordable Care Act will go into full force and effect. The act recognizes the importance of breastfeeding, and has multiple provisions to ensure breastfeeding moms get the support they need to reach their personal breastfeeding goals.

If you're not sure what benefits the Affordable Care Act provides for breastfeeding moms, here's a recap:
Health plans can't charge women a copay, coinsurance, or deductible for these services if delivered by a network provider. And to improve basic women's health issues, other services are covered, like well-woman visits, screening for gestational diabetes, and human papillomavirus (HPV) testing. These will go into effect on Aug. 1, 2012.

The act also stresses the need to increase the number of designated Baby-Friendly hospitals and continue to implement policies and practices to support breastfeeding in health care, community, workplaces, and learning and childcare settings.

Breastfeeding moms win with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. I'm ecstatic ;that more women who might not have considered breastfeeding will have more options available to them with this act. It will help more moms meet their breastfeeding goals, and that's something we can all cheer for.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

What if I am 8 months post partum, can I get a new pump paid for by my health insurance? I am still exclusively pumping.

twest341 said...

I am 10 months post and still breastfeeding and pumping at work.

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