2. Achieve insurance coverage for clinical lactation services provided by the IBCLC.
YOUR ACTION IS NEEDED
Please call your legislators and encourage them to sign on in support of these two bills:
SD.1626: An Act Promoting the Health and Well-being of Mothers and Infants
Introduced by Senator Adam Hinds
HD2761: An Act to Improve Breastfeeding Care.
introduced by Representative Marjorie Decker.
We greatly appreciate Senator Hind’s and Representative Decker’s support.
Most families are denied access to professional breastfeeding services because most health insurers do not pay for services by unlicensed providers. Licensure of IBCLCs will provide more equitable access to skilled lactation care for all Massachusetts families. This is especially relevant for families with Medicaid plans.
The 70,000+ babies born in Massachusetts every year deserve skilled lactation care. Unfortunately, many families are denied access to professional breastfeeding services. This is because most health insurers do not pay for services by unlicensed providers.
Licensure of International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) in Massachusetts would allow access to this skilled, evidence-based lactation support. The goal of licensure is to make breastfeeding support more available to more families.
Licensure is a state by state endeavor. Rhode Island, New Mexico, Oregon and Georgia have licensure for IBCLC lactation consultants. Massachusetts could be next!
What would licensure do?
Licensure of IBCLCs will allow health insurances in Massachusetts to provide this skilled lactation care to all birthing families.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2012 requires health plans in the United States to cover “breastfeeding support, supplies and counseling by a trained provider during pregnancy and/or in the postpartum period.”
However, many health insurance companies do not provide this ACA mandated lactation care.
About the IBCLC
An IBCLC is a allied healthcare provider who has completed
• 90+ hours of lactation-specific education,
• 300-1000+ clinical hours: time spent counselling mother-baby pairs.
• college level health science courses
• and passed the comprehensive, international examination.
Every ten years, an IBCLC must retake the exam.
The IBCLC credential is an internationally recognized certification. It is recognized as the most rigorous lactation education. This thorough background is especially important for helping families with medically complex issues such as preterm babies or maternal diabetes, for example.
IBCLCs work in hospitals, physicians’ offices, public health clinics, milk banks, and in private practice. The IBCLC is the gold standard for providing breastfeeding education, support, and care to families across the globe.