Bill Introduced Requiring TRICARE to Cover Breastfeeding Equipment and Services

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Senator Claire McCaskill today introduced legislation that would require TRICARE to cover breast pumps along with breast feeding support and counseling. Currently, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires most health insurance plans to cover breast pump rental or provide breast pumps for new moms, as well as lactation counseling and support.

In a recent blog our Association highlighted disparities between TRICARE’s coverage and ACA provisions, including the fact that TRICARE currently only covers a breast pump if the baby is premature and meets certain criteria. While the ACA requires most plans to cover breast pumps and associated support services for all new moms, most service members and their spouses must pay the full costs associated with breastfeeding out of pocket.

One of our Association’s top priorities is ensuring that military families, who have sacrificed greatly in support of our Nation, have access to high quality health care benefits on par with civilian coverage.  We thank Senator McCaskill for her efforts to bring TRICARE in line with Affordable Care Act coverage requirements for breastfeeding support.

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