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I.R.S. Tax-Sheltered Healthcare Accounts Don't Cover Breast Pumps

I.R.S. Tax-Shelter Doesn't Cover Breast Pump, Do You Agree?

Mothers can't milk it. An interesting piece in the New York Times examines things that are covered by tax-sheltered flexible spending healthcare accounts — everything from dentures to acne creams — and one that isn't, breast pumps. It said:

Despite a growing body of research indicating that the antibodies passed from mother to child in breast milk could reduce disease among infants — including one recent study that found it could prevent the premature death of 900 babies a year — the I.R.S. has denied a request from the American Academy of Pediatrics to reclassify breast-feeding costs as a medical care expense.

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MissSushi MissSushi 6 years
They don't really need to be covered... you can go down to your local department of health or the wic office and "rent" a professional hospital grade pump for free. All you have to do is keep it from being destroyed.
Carri Carri 6 years
If pumps were covered, I bet a lot more women would at least try it instead of going straight to formula. I rented a hospital grade pump and it was a lifesaver for me. BFing made me way too anxious.
Livvy-P Livvy-P 6 years
That's ridiculous. But I also feel that visits with Lactation Consultants should be reimbursable.
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