Free breast pump! and a Q on rental vs purchase

I've recently been lurking on the babycenter boards and found some info on free breast pumps provided by some insurance companies through the new Affordable Care Act.  So I called my insurance (UHC) and confirmed that breast pumps are 100% covered.  You'd have to go through one of their network suppliers and you will need a doctor's prescription, which should all be done closer to your due date, within 30 days.  So try to call your insurance and seeif you are covered!


The new policy says it will cover the purchase of a double electric breast pump or the cost of a hospital grade rental.  Is there a significant difference in quality between the two?  My work also offers hospital grade breast pumps but I still need something during my maternity leave so I'm debating whether I should rent or buy.  Which would you do?

Posted on January 3, 2013 at 1:13 pm
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Oh I hope someone knows the answer to your question because I just found out my insurance at least covers part of a new breast pump if not all the cost.  It'd be nice to know which one is worth getting.

Posted on January 4, 2013 at 12:40 am
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How much will give towards the pump?  I would buy one versus rent one, only because when you are done with it you can sell it :)


I have heard really good things about the Amedea pumps, they are a self contained unit so no chance of mold and they are about $100 less then the Medela pumps (with these pumps there is a chance milk can back-up and cause mold growth). 

Posted on January 4, 2013 at 12:54 am
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Unfortunately my approved supplier does not sell Medelas but I do hear good things about the Ameda Purely Yours, which they do have. It would be nice to have one of mu own and be able to guve it to my sis or sell it. But I also hear that hospital grades are more efficient and consumer grades crap out after one child. Not sure what to do.
Posted on January 4, 2013 at 1:44 am
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Hmmm - how long would they cover your rental?  I think I would lean more towards my own - if you have another baby wouldn't your insurance buy you another? 

Posted on January 4, 2013 at 2:17 am
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I rented one with alexis, i only ended needing it for a month, so i am glad i could just return it and didnt have to worry about storing it till the next LO.

Posted on January 5, 2013 at 2:15 am
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I tried to check out how long we can rent it but I think it depends on the max dollar amount the insurance is willing to cover.  Ie if the max is $200 and renting is $50 a month, then maybe four months?  Not sure though. 

Posted on January 5, 2013 at 5:51 am
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I would buy one. The only reason you would need a hospital grade one is if you don't respond to the pump well or have a really low supply and need to boost it with pumping. And if you are planning on breastfeedinghoe and pumping then you will need a pump at home for the weekends until you switch to cows milk during the day which wouldn't be until after a year. Plus if you travel hospital grade pumps are huge and not portable!
Posted on January 5, 2013 at 8:51 am
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And if you were using your pump three or more times a day at work five days a week then you would totally need to replace it after one kid, but if you are using the ones at work during the week then one pump would totally last a couple of kids. I have a Medela that was my sisters and she pumped for work for 6ish months and it worked fine. I had the suction checked and it was good. I want a new one for this baby but I probably won't unless my insurance covers it since I'm at home and will probably rarely use it.
Posted on January 5, 2013 at 8:55 am
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thanks KK, good point on the need for a portable one when traveling. 


I'm going to place my order for the Ameda soon then.  Thanks all for the advice!

Posted on January 5, 2013 at 9:52 am
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I don't know much about pumps so I cant weigh in, but I'm glad you brought this topic up! I'll be calling my insurance on monday to see what they cover. 

Posted on January 5, 2013 at 3:56 pm
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I pumped for 2 months while my son was in the NICU, and I refused to let them use formula!


BTW - Please make sure that you get this in writing. ERRR I got so mad at the nurse who assumed he would have formula. I went up and down on her but good.


I should also add that I nurse my kids for 2+ years.


Both my SIL and I bought Hospital grade pumps. The reason they are so much quicker and act closer to nursing. My cheap $100 one 12 years ago did nothing so I spent a small fortune on the hospital one.


She nursed for 1 year and worked the entire time and her insurance covered the rental. I would go with the hospital grade. You will see very differnet results!


 

Posted on January 5, 2013 at 9:28 pm
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@milkgirl Definitely check it outt!  The topic was all over the BC boards back in August 2012 when Act was first introduced but recently popped up again bc most people's insurance renews on 1/1/13 and the ins reps have a clearer defintion of the policy than six months ago.  Like AuntTate mentioned, some insurance will cover at least some of the cost of a pump or like mine, will cover only what is provided by an approved supplier. 

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Posted on March 20, 2013 at 1:55 pm
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Mnm - they aren't required to give you a pump? I thought that was part if health care reform? I'm not allowed apump until June when my policy renews :(
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I recently called my insurance about this and they told me they cover pumps and lactation consultants 100% so that was a huge relief! I still have to look into which pumps they cover though.

Posted on March 21, 2013 at 4:57 am
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MNM- I feel the same about my insurance company. When I first saw this post I called my insurance right away and was told I would get one for free now, when I called back to order I was told 50% coverage before renewal in June (100% after), I was pissed so I didn't order then, when I called back to order the second time I was told I didn't have any coverage until June... As you could bet this mama was fuming! Luckily my SIL had a Medela Pump in style and I was able to replace the parts and have been using it. 

Posted on March 21, 2013 at 8:22 am
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I recently looked into this as well and found that my ins. will reimburse me for 80% for the cost of one and I have to purchase it from one of their approved medical providers. Luckily my sister kept her barely used pump and gave it to me. But I'll probably get a second one so that I don't have to lug it back and forth on the train to/from work.


Also - if your hospital doesn't have a sign (most do these days) you could always put this in your hospital bag to use.


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Posted on March 22, 2013 at 8:03 am
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Bumping for the newbies bc I just received my Ameda Purely Yours. 


For those with UHC insurance, simply call Edgepark at 800-321-0591 to place an order after your baby is born.  You can see the breastpump options on edgepark.com.


https://www.edgepark.com/faq/breastpumps.cfm?utm_source=website&utm_medium=important_annoucements&utm_campaign=breast_pump_faqs


 


 

Posted on May 8, 2013 at 4:15 am

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