• Affordable Care Act Coverage of Breast Pumps

    Effective 8/1/12 the Affordable Care Act (ACA) expands health plan coverage to include breastfeeding support and supplies. Breast pump coverage will vary among insurance plans, so check with your insurance policy handbook or call the customer service number on the back of your insurance card to find out the details of your benefits. Before calling, talk with a Lactation Consultant about which pump is best for your situation, especially if your baby is in the NICU or you plan on returning to work and will need to pump on a regular basis to build up or maintain your milk supply.

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    Maryland Law: Health – General § 20-801

    A mother may breastfeed her child in any public or private location in which the mother and child are authorized to be. A person may not restrict or limit the right of a mother to breastfeed her child.http://phpa.dhmh.maryland.gov/wic/docs/YouHaveTheRightToBreastfeed.pdf

    If you experience a situation in which your right to breastfeed is challenged, you can report noncompliance with the Maryland law to the Maryland Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division

    Maryland Code: Tax General: Title 11. Sales and use tax: Subtitle 2. Exemptions: 11-211

    Maryland was the first state to provide an exemption from sales tax for breastfeeding accessories that may be used by breastfeeding mothers. Exempt items include breast pumps, breast pump hook-up kits, breast shells, nursing shields, Supplemental Nursing System (SNS), feeding tubes, breast milk storage bags, finger feeders, and purified lanolin.

    The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding

    On January 20, 2011, Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin released The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding, outlining steps that can be taken to remove some of the obstacles faced by women who want to breastfeed their babies.

    Federal Law: Health Care Reform § 4207

    An employer shall provide a reasonable break time [unpaid] for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for 1 year after the child’s birth, and a place, other than a bathroom, which may be used by an employee to express breast milkWorkplace Support in Health Care Reform

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