Double electric breast pumps now covered under Colorado Medicaid
Thanks to the passage of HB22-1289, Cover All Coloradans, double-electric breast pumps are now a covered benefit for all Colorado Medicaid enrollees. Both manual and double-electric breastfeeding pumps are now covered for Coloradans as early as 28 weeks into their pregnancy and at any time during the postpartum period without prior authorization. Previously, Medicaid in Colorado only covered breastfeeding pumps in limited cases, and the Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) program was the primary provider of pumps to Coloradans on Medicaid.
If you are enrolled in Medicaid and need a breast pump, talk to your doctor or health care provider about getting a pump. Your provider will be able to write you a prescription or give you a referral to a pharmacy or other location where you can pick up your pump. Providers are encouraged to reach out to Haylee Rodgers at Haylee.Rodgers@state.co.us for any questions on this policy and can learn more about the benefit criteria through the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing’s provider bulletin.
The Department of Health Care Policy and Financing is working diligently to expand this benefit to individuals enrolled in Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+), ensure access to comprehensive lactation services, and ensure access to hospital-grade pumps for people who need them, as required in HB22-1289. Keep up with KidsFlash for further updates on this benefit. Listen to the episode of The West Steps podcast on Cover All Coloradans to learn more about this new law.