Are you feeling a little ‘in over your head’ as you begin the process of selecting and ordering your new Ardo breast pump? You’re not alone! The process may seem confusing and overwhelming, but it is actually very straight forward. And in all cases, we are here to help.
3 Easy Steps to Ordering Your Ardo Pump.
Step 1: Prescription!
Don’t forget: even if the prescription contains a specific pump manufacturer, you can choose an Ardo pump at the DME of your choice.
Step 2: Insurance Card!
Have your insurance card on you when you are ready to order your Ardo breast pump.
After you enter your basic information like name, contact, insurance, due date, et., Ardo will match you with an Ardo-authorized DME supplier who will accept and bill your insurance at no cost to you. Depending on insurance plan, some DMEs offer an upgrade version of the Ardo breast pump package for which you only would have to pay small upgrade charge. Many of these upgrade packages contain additional items like a hand pump, breastfeeding bag, additional breast shells and bottles, etc. Once the DME has verified your insurance plan, the DME will ship your Ardo pump free of charge.
For more detailed information about ordering your insurance-covered breast pump, please read below.
Plan ahead. According to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), “Health insurance plans must provide breastfeeding support, counseling, and equipment for the duration of breastfeeding. These services may be provided before and after birth.” But in order to get a free insurance-covered breast pump, you will need a prescription from your doctor. It’s best to ask your doctor to write you a prescription for a breast pump long before your due date, although some insurance plans may allow you to get your pump only shortly before or even after the birth of your baby. And remember: in most cases, you can choose between several pump, even if your doctor writes a specific pump on your prescription. There are instances where some pump manufacturers “entice” doctors to prescribe a particular pump; but you still can choose an Ardo pump.
You can’t get your free insurance pump directly from the pump manufacturer. Breast pumps are “durable medical equipment” (DME), which means they can be dispensed only through a DME supplier authorized to bill your health insurance. The DME supplier is similar to a pharmacy: your doctor writes a prescription, but you cannot get your medication directly from the drug manufacturer. Instead, you go to a pharmacy which hands or ships you the medication and bills your insurance company. Similarly, unless you pay for the breast pump yourself, the DME needs your prescription and insurance information before it can give or ship you your breast pump. But unlike with medication, you typically have a choice for your breast pump. The type of breast pump often depends on the “generosity” of your insurance plan and whether a particular DME company carries the pump you want. Many national and regional DMEs carry Ardo breast pumps, so be sure to go to Ardo’s website to find out which DMEs offer Ardo breast pumps based on your insurance plan and the state you live in.
Why do you need an Ardo Calypso breast pump? Our Ardo Calypso breast pump mimics your baby’s sucking pattern as it would be when your baby is breastfeeding at your breast. A breastfeed session begins with the baby making short, rapid sucks. This sucking pattern triggers a ‘letdown’ in which your milk is released from your breast. Similarly, the Ardo Calypso breast pump initially mimics these short, rapid sucks when you begin your pumping session. After you have achieved a letdown with your breast pump, you can change the settings to then mimic the long, slow, and rhythmic sucking patterns that your baby would have at your breast. When you have a pump that mimics your baby’s true suck, you will ultimately be able to pump more milk.
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Ordering an Ardo breast pump is hassle-free and takes less than 5 minutes. Do you still have questions about ordering your new breast pump? We’re here to help. Call our support line at (844) 411-ARDO or email [email protected]. Happy pumping!