The Affordable Care Act (aka: Obamacare) mandates that "A group health plan and a health insurance issuer offering group or individual health insurance coverage shall, at a minimum, provide coverage for and shall not impose any cost sharing requirements for evidence-based items or services that have in effect a rating of 'A' or 'B' in the current recommendations of the United States Preventive Services Task Force"
Breastfeeding qualifies under the above guidelines. The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services has been assigned the task of how to "promote and support" breastfeeding under the Affordable Care Act. Thus far there has been a lot of talk and very little action as far as how to get this done. In spite of the fact that this is THE BEST opportunity to increase breastfeeding rates in the U.S., insurance companies, doctors, hospitals, and the general public are all still wondering what health insurance policies will cover with respect to "promoting and supporting" breastfeeding.
When did breastfeeding become so complicated? There is very little that we do not already know about breastfeeding... the benefits, the challenges, the methods for overcoming those challenges... and yet the federal government has been unable to provide the guidance which is necessary for everyone to know the answers to the who (ie. who is covered and who will provide services), what (ie. what services and what breastfeeding items will be covered), where (ie. doctors' offices, hospitals, prenatal classes), and when (ie. at what point during pregnancy and postnatal) questions.
Do you have any suggestions as to how the Affordable Care Act should "promote and support" breastfeeding? Please post your suggestions in this thread. Also, please contact your U.S. senator and congressperson to let them know what your suggestions are. After all, there is no better source of advice than those of us who have been there and done that.