McCaskill Bill Requiring TRICARE to Cover Breastfeeding Services Included in Defense Bill
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Committee approval comes as more than 50 medical, family, and healthcare groups endorse Senator's bill to provide members of the military and their families healthcare coverage consistent with private sector
The move comes as more than 50 groups, including the
"This legislation would ensure that military families have breastfeeding coverage that is similar to the coverage provided in most private health plans," read a statement from the groups. "Most importantly, this improvement would support these women's efforts to successfully breastfeed and enable women and their infants to benefit from the positive health outcomes related to breastfeeding."
"As someone who was a single, working mother, I know firsthand the importance of comprehensive, affordable healthcare when caring for a new child," said McCaskill, a senior member of the Armed Services Committee. "New mothers in the military and military spouses deserve access to the same high standard of services we've achieved in the civilian sector under the health care law, and I'm glad my colleagues on both sides of the aisle have moved this commonsense legislation a step closer to the finish line."
Currently, as part of breastfeeding support, the ACA requires insurance plans to cover breast pump rental or provide breast pumps for new moms, as well as lactation counseling and support.
Go to: http://www.mccaskill.senate.gov/?p=issue&id=313 to read highlights of McCaskill's fight to improve our nation's healthcare system.
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