Thank you to Aeroflow Breastpumps for sponsoring this post. All opinions expressed are my own.
Soon after I found out my husband and I will bring our first baby into the world in January, I began researching everything I possibly could.
I wanted to be well informed as we began this new adventure toward parenthood, and one of the first tasks I dove into was researching how to get a breast pump paid for by my health insurance.
If you didn’t know, your health insurance plan must cover the cost of a breast pump. It also has to provide breastfeeding support, counseling, and equipment for the duration of breastfeeding. (HealthCare.gov)
This is an incredible benefit since most electric pumps retail for a couple hundred dollars. And if you plan to breastfeed and/or pump, that’s a decent amount of cash you’re saving out of pocket.
When I ordered my pump, I was about 14 weeks pregnant. I am very excited to nurse our little guy and let my body provide him with the nourishment he will need once he’s born, so I was eager to get my pump ordered (even though I won’t need it for several more months).
I started the process by checking with my health insurance company and seeing what vendors they work with for pumps. It is important to check with your specific insurance company before buying a pump to see what medical supplies companies they work with.
Aeroflow Breastpumps is the leading provider of free breast pumps through insurance in the United States, and my insurance company works with them to provide pumps to moms and moms-to-be which is awesome because working with Aeroflow to order my pump was the easiest thing I’ve experienced during my entire pregnancy.
The form was easy to navigate and only asked a few questions which include contact information and primary insurance information for the mother. You just fill out those few boxes on the form and submit it.
Aeroflow Breastpumps does all the “heavy lifting” when it comes to contacting your insurance company and finding out exactly what your plan covers.
Two days after I submitted my form, a breast pump specialist from Aeroflow Breastpumps emailed me to let me know my insurance coverage had been verified and tell me which pumps I qualify for. She also included a link to the Aeroflow Breastpumps website where I could pick out my pump and submit my order.
Once I decided on a pump, I added it to my online cart and checked out. When I checked out, I also had to provide my OBGYN’s contact information so my breast pump specialist could get a prescription from them for the pump. As part of the insurance benefit, insurance companies often require a prescription from the mother’s doctor. It’s all standard practice.
And, again, I didn’t have to do any of the work contacting the insurance company or my doctor’s office. My Aeroflow Breastpumps breast pump specialist did all of it.
Once my order was placed, my breast pump specialist reached out to my doctor’s office for the prescription and then officially pushed my pump order through the system.
That was it!
That’s all I had to do to get my breast pump covered by my insurance.
Aeroflow Breastpumps made the entire process so easy. And being able to communicate directly with a real person (my breast pump specialist) was the best. I love that I could email her directly and ask questions when I needed. I always got responses back within a couple of hours, and she was very helpful and knowledgeable regarding all questions I had.
If you’re a mom-to-be and plan to breastfeed, I can’t recommend Aeroflow Breastpumps enough.