1. Achieve licensure for the IBCLC in Massachusetts.
2. Achieve insurance coverage for clinical lactation services provided by the IBCLC.
The 70,000+ babies born in Massachusetts every year deserve skilled lactation care- but because most health insurers do not pay for services by unlicensed providers, most families are denied access to professional breastfeeding services. Project Licensure’s goal is licensure of Massachusetts International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs), which will greatly expand public access to skilled, evidence-based clinical lactation providers. .
Why seek licensure now?
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.” Yet only two states- Rhode Island and Georgia- license lactation consultants. This means most health insurance companies in Massachusetts do not provide their subscribers with ACA mandated lactation care Project Licensure is working to license IBCLCs in Massachusetts, enabling health insurances in Massachusetts to cover breastfeeding support and counseling to all birthing families.
An IBCLC is a allied healthcare provider who has completed 90+ lours of lactation-specific education, 200-1000+ clinical hours in lactation and breastfeeding care, and has passed an comprehensive, international certification examination. IBCLCs work in hospitals, physicians’ offices, public health clinics, milk banks, and in private practice lactation practices. The IBCLC is the gold standard for providing breastfeeding education, support, and care to families across the globe.