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Concerns Raised As Anthem Insurance Cuts Breast Pump Reimbursement 44%

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Concerns Raised As Anthem Insurance Cuts Breast Pump Reimbursement 44%


Anthem health insurance, which operates as Blue Cross Blue Shield in many states and covers over 40 million people, cut the reimbursement rate for breast pumps by 44% last month, sparking protests and concerns that cost-cutting is coming at the expense of infant health. The unprecedented cut in breast pump reimbursement, from $169 to just $95 will impact the quality of pump moms can receive and the company has already announced plans in Indiana to limit breast pump access to Medicaid customers even further.

The cut hits black families particularly hard because Anthem operates in 15 states, many of which, have some of the lowest breastfeeding rates. For example, in Kentucky, the black breastfeeding rate is 2.2% at six months, compared to…

Please read original article Concerns Raised As Anthem Insurance Cuts Breast Pump Reimbursement 44% posted on Healthy Black Girls on 11 June 2018 | 9:13 pm —

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