Maryland Breastfeeding Resource Guide
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Breastfeeding supplies and services that assist lactation and are not covered by your insurance are now considered medical care by the IRS and are may be tax deductible. Some may qualify for reimbursement through a health flexible spending account (FSA) or health savings account (HSA). Contact your employer's benefit provider to find out what is covered under your specific FSA or HSA and the steps needed for reimbursement. If you do not have an FSA or HSA, you can deduct breastfeeding costs if you itemize your tax returns and if your total unreimbursed medical expenses exceed 7.5 percent of your adjusted gross income.Further information can be found at the following links:
These programs will usually provide a hospital grade breast pump while the baby is in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the hospital if: 1) the length of stay is longer than a week, 2) the mother has a Durable Medical Equipment (DME) benefit, and 3) a prescription is obtained from the baby or mother's health care provider. The prescription should be faxed to the MCO by the hospital representative. The Durable Medical Equipment company provides the pump. Once the pump is ordered, the DME company representative will call the mother to arrange for delivery. Coverage of double electric or hospital-grade breast pumps may also occur with a letter of medical necessity. You will need to contact your individuals health plan.
Detailed information for obtaining a breast pump for a sick baby who has Medicaid MCO is available and can be obtained by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or your health plan.
Pregnant Women and Children's Program is part of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. For more information, call 1-800-456-8900.
Stork's Nest is located at University of Maryland Medical Center and provides breast pumps to mothers of NICU babies, who are enrolled in this program and meet criteria to qualify. For more information, call 410-328-2944.
Women, Infants and Children (WIC) has a limited number of pumps available for WIC participants, whose babies are in the NICU. Mothers should contact the breastfeeding coordinator for her local WIC program. For more information, call the WIC hotline at 1-800-242-4WIC or visit http://mdwic.org