Medela Personal Double Pump??

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Registered: 06-07-2012
Medela Personal Double Pump??
Tue, 12-04-2012 - 12:44pm

I stopped in at the DME shop inside the hospital where I will deliver to ask about the breast pump coverage (as provided by my health insurance) and to find out if they carry them in stock, or if I will have to order it.

The lady there said that the insurance companies (??) are no longer covering the Medela Pump In Style Advanced because they are too expensive, but they are covering the Medela Personal Double Pump, which uses the same motor, but is less expensive.

Does anyone have any experience with this pump?  And if so, what are the differences between the PISA and the Personal Double Pump?

I'm feeling a bit uneasy about her answer, because when I previously called my insurance company to ask about the coverage, they didn't specify that a certain pump was all that would be covered.  What they told me was that I had to get one from a DME provider that was in network.  I'm wondering if I should check with another DME provider to see if I get the same answer, or if I should call my insurance company back again.  

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Registered: 11-29-2005
Wed, 12-05-2012 - 8:51pm

I agree with calling someone else, then calling the insurance co if you're still not clear.

I hadn't heard about another pump like you describe ... and I don't see it on the website.  You could try calling customer service for medela if you find out for sure that's the pump you're eligible for.


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Registered: 09-21-2011
Thu, 12-06-2012 - 10:37am

I had heard that the personal double pump was discontinued.  It was made for medical supply companies and not general retail sales.  I think some of the WIC pumps were this model.   Here's a thread on the La Leche League website about it.  Sounds like the controls are similar to the APY, which I used when I was pumping.