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Healthcare Insurers Graded on Support for Breastfeeding Moms: Anthem and Aetna Score Highly
Date:9/6/2013

New York, NY (PRWEB) September 06, 2013

Anthem and Aetna both score highly out of 100 healthcare insurance companies graded by the National Breastfeeding Center (NBfC). Research was conducted to see how the insurance industry is responding to the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act (PPACA), specifically the part of the law concerning coverage of breastfeeding support, a provision which went into effect on August 1, 2012.

“It has been a year since the mandate went into effect," says Susanne Madden, COO, of the National Breastfeeding Center, "so there has been plenty of time for insurers to adjust to the law. We wanted to see how insurance companies are performing when it comes to supporting nursing mothers and their babies." Madden says that the NBfC research uncovered a wide range of insurance company policies and compliance. "We were encouraged to find that some insurers really recognize the importance of improving breastfeeding and support the intent of the mandate by covering fully qualified lactation care providers and effective breastfeeding equipment. But many more provide only the bare minimum required by law, such as a manual hand-operated breastpump and advice given during a well care exam by providers that may have little lactation care experience."

"We weren't surprised to see Aetna near the top of the score card," says Beverly Curtis, the Executive Director of NBfC. Aetna was quick to open its network to lactation care providers who have certification as International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (a designation awarded by an independently-accredited program). Curtis points out, "it is important that insurance companies support care delivered by independently certified professionals as these are the providers best qualified to address and improve lactation care."

Madden said that the Anthem Group of companies came to t
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