Tricare has FINALLY updated their policy on breast pumps! Under the new policy, troops and their dependents may receive free manual, electric or hospital grade breast pump if they have a prescription from their Tricare authorized healthcare provider (doctor, PA, nurse practitioner or nurse midwife). This also applies to mothers who adopt an infant and want to breastfeed.
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This prescription can be for a hospital-grade, manual or standard electric breast pump, depending on what you doctor thinks you need.
Manual and standard electric pumps: 1 pump is provided per birth event. That is either a birth or an adoption of an infant.
Hostpital grade pumps: These are typically for women who are separated from their babies because of an illness, for example if your baby is in the NICU or if the mother is unable to feed directly because of another medical reason. Women who are prescribed a hospital grade pump may get a prescription for a manual or standard pump after they no longer need the hospital grade pump. The new pump may be covered by Tricare but be sure to contact your regional provider.
Tricare will also cover supplies for your prescribed pump for up to 36 months after the birth of the baby. These supplies include power adapters, tubes, locking rings, freezer bags, collection bottles, and shields.
Tricare will not cover things like pump batteries, baby bottles (the bottles that are used to collect the milk from the pump are covered but the bottles the baby will drink from are not covered), cleaning supplies, travel bags, ice packs, nursing bras or non-perscription nipple creams.
There are two ways to get your pump. The first is to use a Tricare authorized provider, supplier or vendor. The second is to buy from a civilian retail shop or pharmacy and submit a claim for reimbursement. If you have any questions about specific pumps or stores, contact your regional provider.
To submit a claim for reimbursement, you will need DD Form 2642, your prescription and an itemized receipt. See Tricare's website here for more info on claims.
Be sure to talk to your doctor about about what pumps are covered before they write your prescription and never hesitate to contact your regional provider with any questions.
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