Formula, Breastfeeding and Pumping Supplies Crisis

Category: Baby, Breastfeeding, Employer, Insurance, Raising children, Pump
June 28, 2022

Families don’t have to worry about how they feed their children. Sadly, with this unprecedented formula crisis, parents are forced to make tough decisions with little support. The fact of the matter is that employers, insurance companies and legislators need to increase access to breast milk supplies and lactation consultants for nursing parents. and pump their milk. Here’s how you can help make that a reality.

Get insurance support

Certain insurance plans cover pumping supplies such as breast milk storage bags and breast pump replacement parts. We believe, especially with the challenges of finding infant formula, that pumping supplies should be fully covered in all insurance plans. In fact AAHomecare Breastfeeding Alliance is calling for it in a recent press release.

Breast milk storage bag

If Acellon is affiliated with your insurance or Medicaid plan, buying breastmilk storage bags should be easy. Simply fill in this Breast milk storage bag supply program form to get started. If you don’t have a prescription, we’ll contact your provider to get one for you. We will then send you breastmilk storage bags based on your coverage. It is easy!

Breast pump replacement parts

Just like breast milk storage bags, some insurance plans and Medicaid also cover pump replacement parts. Our Visit Breast pump accessories covered to find out if your insurance or Medicaid plan covers breast pump replacement parts.

Insurance plan not listed?

Don’t be too disheartened if you don’t see your insurance plan listed. You can take steps to encourage your insurance provider to cover these for you and your prospective parents.

Contact your insurance provider directly and let them know they have to pay monthly for breastmilk storage bags according to code K1005 and lower breast pump replacement parts code A4281 – A4286 as these supplies are vital to your pumping experience. Similar to breast pumps, breast pump supplies must be insured and not subject to a deductible or coinsurance to comply with the Affordable Care Act. Let them know they can better support their members and increase breastfeeding rates with breastmilk storage bags and pump replacement parts.

  • Call the Member Services phone number on your card
  • Message Member Services using the email address found on their contact page or through your member portal
  • Visit their Facebook page or Tweet @ them and urge them to take action
  • Ask your friends, family and colleagues to contact you!

Get Employer Support

If your employer is not breastfeeding friendly, you are not alone. Often, employers want to support their employees but don’t know where to start. We can provide resources for your employer to help them better support you and all of their nursing staff.

Get support from legislators

Everyone must get on board to fully support breastfeeding and pumping parents, including legislators. Let’s tell you state senator and representative in congress. Ask your state’s US senators for support Pump Actwould legally require even more employers to support parents and provide protections for pumping drugs in the workplace.

We’re in here together

We are seeing more insurance plans, employers and states take action to support breastfeeding and pumping families. At Acellon, we requested these changes on your behalf. When we combine forces as parents, health advocates and policymakers, we will be able to see these meaningful changes sooner and on a broader scale. . Together, we can make an impact for your family now and for those in the future.


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