Breast pumps are now covered by Louisiana Medicaid. As of January 1, 2019, double electric breast pumps are covered without prior authorization for nursing mothers through the Durable Medical Equipment (DME) program. Providers, hospitals and community supporters working wtih postpartum mothers should be aware of this process so they can inform mothers and help them obtain a breast pump from Medicaid.
Providers play an important role in this process; they must write a prescription for a personal use breast pump and include the baby’s due date. The mom can then present this prescription to an approved DME provider. Contact Healthy Louisiana Managed Care Organizations (Medicaid) for a list of approved DME providers.
Medicaid breast pump coverage extends to personal-use, double electric breast pumps and associated pump supplies. The following pumps are not covered: hospital grade, manual and single breast pumps. Additional information can be found in the Informational Bulletin and Health Plan Advisory 18-16. The Medicaid DME Provider Manual is the best source for the most up to date information on coverage of DME.
Louisiana Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program continues to provide pumps to eligible participants through the LA WIC Breast Pump Program.
The Bureau of Family Health is working with hospitals, providers and community partners to facilitate successful implementation of the Medicaid breast pump policy. Supporting materials for providers and mothers are being developed. Please stay tuned for more information. If you have questions about this topic, please email, Breastfeeding@la.gov.Back to News