According to TIME, Obamacare must have something against breast milk since, in their infinite wisdom of what is best for us, they are not allowing breast pumps to be a covered expense under your HRA, HSA or FSA.
Despite a sweeping new health care reform law intended, in part, to emphasize behavior that will keep people healthy, the IRS will continue to exclude breast-feeding expenses from FSA expenditures. Research indicates that babies who are breast-fed are healthier than those who are fed formula.
Since I am not equipped to deliver milk in that fashion, and it has been almost a quarter century since anyone in the home was fed that way, I decided to do my own research to verify. I checked with the folks at Cigna that have this handy list of what is and is not covered by your health expense fund.
Sure enough, breast pumps are not listed.
Neither are breast implants, breast shields or pads.
OTC meds are covered now but won't be after 1/1/11 unless you have a doctor's prescription.
Adult diapers are included but baby diapers are not.
False teeth (dentures) are covered but teething rings are not.
Lifestyle drugs (now there's a good name) are covered if your doc says you have a medical condition that causes ED (erectile dysfunction). So if you want to have sex you better be sick.
The upshot of all this is, Obamacare, in spite of all the promises, is going to make health care (and health insurance) more expensive, not less. Just more stupid government tricks.
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