Tricare implements new breast pump policy
FALLS CHURCH, Va. – Service members and their spouses will be able to receive free breastfeeding supplies, lactation services, and any manual, electric or hospital grade breast pump under a new policy. Beneficiaries can present their prescription at a pharmacy or medical equipment provider and receive a breast pump at no charge or purchase the pumps from any retailer and submit their receipt and a copy of their prescription to Tricare for reimbursement. Those who purchased a breast pump or other supplies covered by the policy on or after Dec. 19, 2014, can also seek reimbursement. In addition to breast pumps, the policy covers pump power adapters, tubing and tubing adaptors, locking rings, bottles, bottle caps, shield or splash protectors, and breast milk storage bags. The policy will be implemented July 1, 2015.