Are you interested in learning more about how to get a free breast pump through insurance? We’ve got you covered! This guide will walk you through the process and answer some frequently asked questions along the way.
How to Get a Breast Pump Through Insurance
Most insurance plans will cover one pump for each pregnancy as a preventive benefit under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). More broadly, the ACA requires health insurance plans to provide coverage for breastfeeding support, counseling and equipment.
To get started, simply fill out our “Qualify Through Insurance” form and we’ll handle the rest! The form will give us the insurance information we need to verify your coverage and identify which breast pumps will be available to you.
In some cases, we are able to verify this information almost instantly, allowing you to choose your breast pump the same day you submit the qualification form. In other cases, we may need to seek additional information from you or your health insurance provider before we can curate your breast pump options.
Once we have all the necessary information, you will receive a notification via phone or email to let you know it’s time to choose a breast pump.
Once you have ordered your breast pump, we’ll contact your doctor for a prescription and let you know when your breast pump will ship. Unlike a traditional online shopping experience, the pump you order cannot be shipped until we have a prescription on file and have met the timing criteria provided by your specific insurance plan.
For instance, many health insurance providers require that breast pumps are not shipped until 30 days prior to your due date. Others may even require proof of birth prior to shipment. Don’t worry, we’ll let you know when to expect your breast pump to ship, and we will send notifications via email or text along the way.
Once these guidelines have been met, your breast pump will ship free, straight to your door. We are proud to say that we help hundreds of thousands of women find the right breast pump for their lifestyle and needs each year. We understand that health insurance coverage can be complex and confusing. Our aim is to make it as stress-free as possible for you to receive the pumping gear you need to meet your personal breastfeeding goals!
What Breast Pump Will Insurance Cover?
Every health insurance plan has a unique set of guidelines for breast pump coverage. If you have specific questions regarding which breast pumps will be available to you at no cost, the best place to begin is our Qualify Through Insurance form.
There may be differences such as:
- which type of breast pump is covered (manual or electric)
- the duration of payment on rental pumps (which require medical necessity)
- when a breast pump can be shipped to you (before or after birth).
However, most insurance companies do cover one breast pump with each pregnancy, and you can often qualify for this benefit up to one year postpartum.
That’s where we come in! Aeroflow Breastpumps can help you get a name-brand, top-quality breast pump through insurance. We work with most major health insurance providers, and can also provide a breast pump through most Medicaid plans.
For specific information about what your insurance provides, check out these coverage guidelines or give us a call at 1-844-867-9890.
How to Get Your Prescription for a Breast Pump
Prior to placing your order, you’ll be asked to provide a breast pump prescription from your healthcare professional. This can be written by your OBGYN, primary care doctor, midwife, nurse practitioner, or if you’ve already given birth, by your baby’s pediatrician.
If you do not have a prescription at the time of your order, no problem! You will be asked to provide your doctor’s information so that we can coordinate the prescription on your behalf. Aeroflow Breastpumps works to make the process as easy as possible. We will reach out to your doctor to get a prescription and keep you informed every step of the way. Or, you can always get one at your next doctor’s appointment.
When Should You Order Your Breast Pump?
We found most moms order a breast pump around week 30. You can order your breast pump at any time during pregnancy. We recommend that you begin the process prior to your third trimester, so that we have plenty of time to arrange the details before your baby arrives.
If you’ve already given birth and just learned that a breast pump is a covered benefit through insurance, you are still eligible up to one year postpartum.
Keep in mind that each insurance provider has a different set of guidelines regarding when your breast pump can be shipped. So, your pump may not ship until 30 days prior to your due date or even after you’ve given birth in some instances.
When Will Your Breast Pump Be Shipped?
Your breast pump will ship at the earliest eligible date required by your health insurance. Some policies allow us to ship the pump as soon as we receive a prescription, while others require 30 days from due date or after birth. We recommend ordering a breast pump sooner rather than later, and will let you know when to expect the pump to arrive at your door.
How to Get a Breast Pump After You’ve Given Birth
Many new mothers are not aware that in most cases you are still eligible for a free electric breast pump under the Affordable Care Act postpartum. You can still get your insurance-covered breast pump after you've given birth!
Simply fill out the Qualify Through Insurance form to get started! It’s the same process as if you were applying during pregnancy. In most cases, new mothers are eligible for a free breast pump through insurance from early in pregnancy to one year after birth. This is a good rule of thumb, however the exact period of eligibility will depend on your particular insurance plan.
How Often Can You Get a Breast Pump Through Insurance?
Most insurance plans will cover one breast pump per each new pregnancy. For optimal performance, we suggest getting a new pump with each pregnancy.
Will Insurance Cover a Second Breast Pump?
Typically, insurers only provide coverage for one breast pump per pregnancy. Did you purchase a breast pump before learning that you could receive one for free through insurance? If so, you’re not alone. Good news: if you have already purchased a pump, you are still eligible for a free breast pump through insurance!
Unfortunately, because of the personal nature of a breast pump, most retailers will not take returns. Still, many moms find it beneficial to have a second pump. This breast pump could be used exclusively for travel or work, or as a back-up in the event that you have difficulty with the pump you purchased originally.
Should You Register for Your Breast Pump?
No, you should not add your breast pump to your baby registry if you have insurance. The Affordable Care Act requires insurance companies to cover the cost of a breast pump, so you should take advantage of this benefit! A new breast pump will likely cost a few hundred dollars, so let your friends and family purchase one of the other baby items on your wish list.
Have Additional Questions or Want More Information?
Give us a call at 844-867-9890 and we’d be happy to help! Our goal is to make one part of preparing for your baby a little easier. Submit our Qualify Through Insurance form today and let us do the rest.