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Episode 432: The Price Of Free Breast Pumps

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Episode 432: The Price Of Free Breast Pumps

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Episode 432: The Price Of Free Breast Pumps

Episode 432: The Price Of Free Breast Pumps

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The Affordable Care Act — aka Obamacare — requires health insurers to pay for breast pumps. For many insurance plans, the new rule kicked in at the start of this year.

On today's show, we visit a breast pump boutique that has suddenly become a medical supply superstore. And we look at happens when a device goes from being something people have to pay for out of their own pocket to being free for anyone with insurance.

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