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This post is sponsored by Aeroflow Breastpumps. All opinions are always my own.
I wrote a post awhile ago about how to get a breast pump through insurance. Since the Affordable Care Act has coverage for breast pumps and lactation services, getting a breast pump at no cost has been a benefit for new mothers.
I bought my first breast pump back in 2012 just missing the mark for insurance coverage. When I was pregnant in 2016 with my third baby I went through insurance and received a new paid for pump. My previous blog post covers how I got my pump, but I’ve since found there is an even easier way to do this through Aeroflow Breast Pumps.
When I went through the process I had to call my insurance company, find out where I could get a pump, and what was covered exactly. Then, I needed to go to my OB/GYN and get a written prescription for the pump. I then went to the companies listed by my health insurance as pump providers and applied for a pump, sent them my insurance information, and a copy of my written prescription. While this was not overly difficult it was time consuming and involved many steps.
I got my new pump, a Spectra S2, and everything has been great since. But there is a better way, Aeroflow Breast Pumps will take care of this entire process for you and there is no catch or financial obligation for you. If you go to their website and fill out a simple qualification form they will take care of contacting your insurance, getting your written prescription, and letting you know which pumps are covered. If the breast pumps covered by your insurance are not the one you want you may pay extra to upgrade. This is typical and I had the same options when I went through this myself. Aeroflow Breast Pumps carries all of the main breast pump brands used by most nursing moms. I also like that their website has a comparison tool so you can compare breast pumps while narrowing your choices down.
I decided to send Aeroflow a list of questions about the process and here are their answers. Most of this information and more can be found in their FAQ section of their site.
When was Aeroflow formed and how did the idea come about to streamline the breast pump process? Once the ACA required breast pump coverage did this change the process for you?
“Aeroflow was founded in 2001, and the Breastpumps division was formed in 2013 in conjunction with the Affordable Care Act.”
“We recognized the need for nursing and pregnant mothers to have access to a user-friendly website that provided all the information and supplies they need for a successful breastfeeding experience, free of hassle. With this, we wanted to give mothers direct access to a Breastpump Specialist who could provide personalized advice and recommendations for a breast pump to meet each mom’s needs and align with her lifestyle and goals. Our Breastpump Specialists navigate insurance policies and streamline the process so our moms have one less thing to plan for or worry about during their pregnancy. We carry everything a mom would need to successfully breastfeed her baby.”
How does using Aeroflow specifically help moms or save them time?
“Our Breastpump Specialists are all fully trained to navigate insurance policies and they handle everything from obtaining a prescription through the physician to filing through insurance for the breast pump. We take the time to educate moms on which breast pump will best meet their needs and help them reach their breastfeeding goals.”
Are there ever issues getting the insurance approval and prescription?
“We work directly with insurance companies and physicians to streamline the process. This ensures that moms get their breast pump as quickly and easily as possible without having to contact their doctor and insurance provider. “
Other than the initial form to qualify on your website is there any other paperwork for new moms to fill out?
“The qualify form is the only paperwork that a mom needs to submit for Aeroflow to process their information. The form is entirely online and only asks for a few essential bits of information. From there, a dedicated Breastpump Specialist will call the physician and insurance provider before informing mom on which breast pumps she is eligible for through her provider.”
How soon before her due date should a mother contact you?
“A mom can contact Aeroflow any time during their pregnancy and up to a year after giving birth. Aeroflow is usually able to ship the breast pump anywhere from 30-60 days before a mom’s due date. This does vary based on an individual’s insurance provider, as some breast pumps can only be shipped during a specific time frame.”
Are all kinds of pumps available and what is the upgrade process?
“Aeroflow offers manual, single electric and double electric breast pumps through insurance. We can also serve moms who need a hospital-grade breast pump. We offer pumps from top manufacturers including Spectra, Medela, Lansinoh, Evenflo and more.
Aeroflow offers upgrade options for Medela, Hygeia and Ameda breast pumps. An additional charge will be added to your final cost. Moms can use FSA or HSA funds to pay for upgrade pumps or supplies as well.”
How long does the entire process take from start to finish?
“After a mom fills out the Qualify through Insurance form, a Breastpump Specialist will be in touch within 3-5 business days. We generally ship the breast pump via UPS ground and provide a tracking number. Once a Breastpump Specialist confirms eligibility and helps the mom select a breast pump fit for her lifestyle, we ship the pump to her door free of charge as quickly as possible.”
Here is a quick video about the Aeroflow process:
As you can see getting a breast pump through Aeroflow Breast Pumps is an easy process and takes most of the work out of your hands. Aeroflow also has a store with breast pumps, breast pump supplies, and many other nursing accessories. Thank goodness the ACA covers breastfeeding support and services.