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Waiting Lists For Breast Pumps


Here is a side affect of the Affordable Care Act that no one saw coming.

The new law is designed to encourage mothers to breastfeed.

The provision requires insurance companies to pay 100 percent of the cost of a breast pump for nursing mothers.

However, since insurance providers require that the pumps be sold only through specific vendors like medical supply companies, there is a shortage.

These pumps can cost $200-$300 or more.

Nationwide, parents are being told that they could be put on a 3-month waiting list to receive the free pump.

Insurance companies said this is an unanticipated consequence of a new benefit and that manufacturers are working to fill orders.