In addition to the "Break Time for Nursing Mothers" law, the Affordable Care Act also requires insurance providers to cover certain preventive services, including breastfeeding support, supplies, and counseling, at no cost to you.
Insurers are required to provide comprehensive lactation support and counseling, and cover the cost of a breast pump.
Plans cannot charge a patient a copayment, coinsurance, or deductible for these services when they are delivered by a network provider (and plans must offer a network provider). The new rules in the health care law requiring coverage of these services take effect at the next renewal date – on or after Aug. 1, 2012—for most health insurance plans. Find out when these benefits take effect for your plan by contacting your insurance company.
Additional information about these benefits will be posted at www.usbreastfeeding.org/workplace-law as it becomes available.
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