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Basics of Lactation Insurance

Rebecca Costello, MPH, IBCLC & Annie Frisbie, MA, IBCLC
Course description
Understanding the Affordable Care Act and insurance coverage for lactation services enables outpatient lactation consultants to create equitable policies and communications around services and fees, and to be effective advocates for the benefits that insurance coverage for lactation care create for breastfeeding initiation and duration.
Meet the Instructor

Rebecca Costello, MPH, IBCLC

Rebecca began her lactation journey with her undergraduate senior thesis, evaluating a WIC breastfeeding education program.

After working as a doula and childbirth educator, she decided to pursue a Master’s in Public Health, in Maternal and Child Health, from the University of North Carolina. There, she was also in the first class of the Mary Rose Tully Training Initiative, a Pathway 2 IBCLC training program.

Following graduation, Rebecca worked full time as an IBCLC in a large academic hospital. She then became the Director of Lactation Services at a busy freestanding birth center, expanding the lactation services there to 30+ appointments/week. After making the move to a new state, she set up a private practice and continues to work with new families.

Having encountering obstacles to becoming, and working as, an IBCLC, she loves offering education that allows other LCs to establish their practices.
Patrick Jones - Course author
Meet the Instructor

Annie Frisbie MA, IBCLC

Annie Frisbie is the author of Paperless Private Practice for Lactation Consultants and Lactation Private Practice: From Start to Strong. She is the creator of the Lactation Private Practice Essential Toolkit and a self-professed privacy and technology nerd.
Patrick Jones - Course author

Learners say 

Thank you Annie & Rebecca for this fantastic information! You both make insurance easier to understand and navigate. 

Jenica Willis LVN, IBCLC

This presentation is a great primer to introduce the United States insurance labyrinth and create familiarity with some of the terms and concepts.

Anna Swisher, MBA, IBCLC

This course provides a great introduction to the complex landscape of billing insurance for lactation services.

Krista Olson, MC-MCH, IBCLC

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Knowledge Gap
This presentation will address the learner's understanding of the fundamentals of billing health insurance for lactation services in the United States.


Understand what the Affordable Care Act says about breastfeeding (and what it doesn't say about lactation or chestfeeding)


Learn the difference between in-network and out-of-network billing with examples from specific insurance payers


Learn about incident-to billing and how it works in practice
IBLCE Content Outline
VII. B4 Documentation 
VII. E3 Advocate for mother/baby in healthcare system

Course Lessons

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