Thanks to the preventative care act, I can get a breast pump through my insurance (which is good because i gave my old one away). I have a choice between Medela personal double pump or advanced basic pump or Ameda purely yours. Has anyone ever used the Ameda? I had a Medela Pump in style last time, never thought it did a great job though.
You know, thanks for posting this. I had heard that health care plans were paying for pumps (and I checked, mine seems to at 100%) but I didn't really think too much about it since my friend had mine and was going to give it back. But since it isn't in my possession yet and I'm getting antsy, why not get a new one, right? At least I can pass it on to someone else if they need one.
As far as which one, I only have experience with Medela of the two. I thought it did fine (and I used it lots as an EP'er), but as I was reading up this time, I realized they sell cones that are smaller then the ones that come with (I only thought you could get larger) and now I'm wondering if I had needed that size at the time. I've heard good things about the Ameda too.
I did confirm today that my plan will cover an electric at 100%. Yay! I know there's an in network DME supplier that has Hygeia, so I've put in a call to them. Hygeia are multi-user which appeals, and I hear such great things about many aspects. I don't know that I'll end up pumping a ton, but I may need to work more than I'd like, so having the ability to do so is important.
Grandfathered plans are group plans in place before the new rules came into effect and they have not changed more than X% since then. I have one. So until they change enough, they don't have to follow the new rules.
Crafty, check, yours many cover.
My plan covers no pumps (right now) or a manual (when it stops being grandfathered) unless I get an LC and rent a hospital pump. At least they are covering my home birth in network.
Also jealous of in-network home births. BCBS apparently hates home births - or at least CPMs - and is telling me they won't cover as in network. OON is obviously much lower coverage. But they have yet to show me evidence of this "policy" of not covering midwives (but they do cover NPs and APNs, which CNMs are, and that means they do cover MWs, but yeah...).
Insurance is such a crock.
Now we're on a BCBS individual plan, which is honestly worthless. In Texas, NO individual plans (with any provider) cover mental health or maternity- something about the state not being able to agree with providers on standard rates (), for which individuals have zero negotiating power. I think we pay about $500 for me, DH, and DS, which I know is not a lot in the scheme of what many others pay, but it still feels like we get nothing for it. Oh, you want your ears covered? And your knees? We don't cover ears and knees...
Jill, I was looking at Hygeia's and found their DME list. There are a few promising leads for you.
http://www.centralizedmedicalequipment.com/ specifically mentioned Tuffs.
http://dmeinc.net/ is for MA and RI