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How else does the Affordable Care Act impact breastfeeding families?

In addition to the "Break Time for Nursing Mothers" law, the Affordable Care Act also requires insurance providers to cover certain preventive services, including breastfeeding support, supplies, and counseling, at no cost to you.

Insurers are required to provide comprehensive lactation support and counseling, and cover the cost of a breast pump.

Plans cannot charge a patient a copayment, coinsurance, or deductible for these services when they are delivered by a network provider (and plans must offer a network provider). The new rules in the health care law requiring coverage of these services take effect at the next renewal date – on or after Aug. 1, 2012—for most health insurance plans. Find out when these benefits take effect for your plan by contacting your insurance company.

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services provides information about the Affordable Care Act. The Department of Labor Employment Benefits Security Administration also provides links to information about coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

In addition, the National Women’s Law Center has published a toolkit to help moms understand the coverage of breastfeeding support, supplies, and counseling in the health care law and offer tools for women who encounter problems securing this coverage.

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