Your placenta: It’s just what the doctor ordered!
So says a recent Placenta Works client, who was not only lucky enough to have an obstetrician who recognized and recommended the benefits of placenta encapsulation, but she was also able to get a prescription for the service and have the entire cost covered by her Flexible Spending account!
“My OB didn’t bat an eyelash and was happy to give me [a prescription],” said our client.
As many of us fight to normalize term breastfeeding, home birth, and other gentle parenting methods, it can feel oftentimes that we’ve made but little progress. And then something like this happens! A mainstream doctor prescribed placenta encapsulation, you say? And not only that, but a huge corporation, agreed to allow its FSA benefit to cover the cost? If one word comes to mind, it’s progress.
Here’s the lowdown on how this client got her PE covered, and how you can, too!
Talk to your doctor (OBGYN, APRN, CNM, or NP). Placenta encapsulation isn’t brand new to the scene. But your doctor might not have this awesome benefit at the forefront of his or her mind. You might have to present evidence to support your request, which you can find here on the Placenta Works website.
Get a prescription. Most doctors shouldn’t fight you too hard on this one. They’re simply writing little more than a recommendation for a service that can only benefit you, never harm you. And if your doctor won’t give you a prescription, you may want to find one who is a little more like-minded anyway.
Get an itemized bill from your encapsulation specialist.
Get a form from your FSA administrator to submit a claim for Out of Pocket expenses. Most placenta encapsulation specialists won’t have the ability to run your FSA credit card. That means you’ll have to submit payment up front and get reimbursed by your FSA.
Submit the doctor’s prescription, the itemized bill, and claims form to your FSA admin.
Cash your FULL REIMBURSEMENT check! (In our client’s case, she was reimbursed completely, and we have no reason to think you wouldn’t be also.)
So what does this mean for the natural birth and child rearing world? Being covered by an FSA is great, but what about being covered by prescription plans similar to drugs and medical devices? These first steps of doctor recognition and FSA coverage are fantastic, but let’s keep our shoulder to the wheel, ladies. There is work yet to be done.