Virginia Medicaid Uses Aeroflow Health for Lactation Services - MedCity News - Latest Global News

Virginia Medicaid Uses Aeroflow Health for Lactation Services – MedCity News

Aeroflow Health, a health technology company, has expanded its lactation consultation services to Virginia Medicaid, it announced Thursday.

Aeroflow Health, based in Asheville, North Carolina, was founded in 2001 and offers a range of insured medical devices. The company has four product lines: Aeroflow Breast Pumps, Aeroflow Diabetes, Aeroflow Sleep and Aeroflow Urology. In addition to medical devices, training and consultations are also offered. The company has partnerships with more than 1,000 insurance carriers.

Through Aeroflow’s partnership with Virginia Medicaid and its managed care organizations, new mothers can access Aeroflow breast pumps. You will also be connected to Aeroflow’s lactation consultant network. Members can receive one-on-one breastfeeding consultations and online courses on topics such as breastfeeding, pumping and storing breast milk.

“This partnership between Aeroflow Health and Virginia Medicaid expands access to Aeroflow breast pump lactation services to new and expectant mothers,” Amanda Minimi, director of corporate development at Aeroflow Health, told MedCity News. “This partnership will connect new mothers with a robust network of lactation consultants and other maternal health services at little or no cost.”

According to the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services, Virginia Medicaid covers a third of births in the state, representing more than 37,000 births. Aeroflow Health’s partnership with Virginia Medicaid follows the company’s partnerships with Aetna Better Health Virginia, Molina Healthcare Virginia and Sentara Health of Virginia.

“We have contracts with all Medicaid plans and most managed care organizations, allowing us to be a reliable one-stop shop for people looking for medical products and services,” Minimi said. “This coverage is really important because it means we can help health insurers expand their reach and help doctors find the right places to refer their patients.” We’re here to provide access and navigation in healthcare. And it’s not just about big cities; We also reach remote areas, places where there may not be much healthcare available.”

Under the Affordable Care Act, states are required to cover breast pumps and counseling services for Medicaid expansion recipients. However, there is no federal requirement to cover breastfeeding services in non-expansion states. To date, 41 states have adopted Medicaid expansion (including Virginia), but 10 states have not. However, Minimi noted that while not all states are expanding Medicaid, some Medicaid managed care plans are expanding their benefits and offering breast pump coverage as an added benefit.

Minimi added that she expects to see greater adoption of lactation benefits and doula support in the future. Additionally, there is likely to be a greater focus on mental health.

“There is a strong connection between breastfeeding success and mental health, so it is important that we address this,” she said. “Going forward, an area of ​​opportunity is identifying situational stressors (and other social determinants of health) that contribute to mental health problems and finding solutions to them. Peer support from providers such as lactation and doula professionals is critical to effectively identifying and addressing these stressors.”

Other companies that offer breastfeeding support include Nest Collaborative, SimpliFed, and Maven Clinic.

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